What's buzzing:

Poulter has sore wrist heading into British Open

The Associated Press
Poulter has sore wrist heading into British Open
.

View gallery

Ian Poulter of England takes off his glove after playing a shot off the 7th tee during a practice round …

HOYLAKE, England (AP) -- Ian Poulter heads into the British Open with a sore right wrist, some positive thoughts from a third-place finish last year at Muirfield, and no - and he means no - memories of a missed cut at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

Scans of the wrist he jarred during the second round of the Scottish Open, where he missed the cut, showed no serious injury.

"I've had a ganglion cyst on the wrist in the past ... three of them," Poulter said on Tuesday. "It's just touching the nerve, so I'll be chewing some anti-inflammatories and some painkillers for the week. But its good news, it means there's no tendon damage."

The 38-year-old Poulter cut short a questioner when asked for his thoughts from the last time the Open was at Royal Liverpool eight years ago, when he shot 75-76 to miss the weekend by eight strokes.

"I've erased all of them, I get rid of them," he interjected. "I detest them ... I don't really need to waste any of my brain cells thinking back to a bad week. Sorry to cut that one (question) really short."

Poulter's best finish at the British Open was second place at Royal Birkdale in 2008, four strokes behind winner Padraig Harrington. Since then, Poulter has had two missed cuts, a tie for 60th, tie for ninth in 2012, and tie for third last year at Muirfield, four strokes behind winner Phil Mickelson.

He says he's a better player now than the last Open at Royal Liverpool in 2006.

"I know my golf game has changed," he said. "I understand links golf better now, I'm a more experienced player, and with the record I've got in the Open, I feel comfortable hitting certain shots and being aggressive when I need to. Perhaps I didn't realize that in 2006."

Poulter will get a chance to make amends on a course he says is "a little softer, a little greener" than it was in 2006.

He'll play the first two rounds with Americans Dustin Johnson and Jimmy Walker.

View Comments (1)
  • Cooper confirms three-year deal with Wallabies, Queensland

    Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper has signed a three-year contract with the Australian Rugby Union and the Queensland Reds, confirming his return after a season with French club Toulon. The agreement takes the New Zealand-born playmaker through until … More »

    Reuters - 17 minutes ago
  • AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest

    AP Explains: National anthem is icon of patriotism, protest

    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's recent decision to not stand during the national anthem as a way of protesting police killings of unarmed black men has drawn support and scorn far beyond sports. The Associated Press explains how … More »

    The Canadian Press - 17 minutes ago
  • Muguruza crashes out of U.S. Open in second round

    Muguruza crashes out of U.S. Open in second round

    By Steve Keating NEW YORK (Reuters) - Third-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza was knocked out in the second round of the U.S. Open on Wednesday in a shocking 7-5 6-4 upset by 48th-ranked Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia. The French Open champion has … More »

    Reuters - 18 minutes ago
  • Ricky Nolasco throws 4-hit gem as Angels sweep Reds, 3-0

    Ricky Nolasco throws 4-hit gem as Angels sweep Reds, 3-0

    Ricky Nolasco pitched a dynamic four-hitter for his fifth career shutout and his first victory for Los Angeles, leading the Angels to an interleague sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a 3-0 victory Wednesday night. C.J. Cron drove in two runs for … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago
  • The Latest: Madison Keys wins in US Open 2nd round in rout

    The Latest: Madison Keys wins in US Open 2nd round in rout

    Anastasija Sevastova says moments like her U.S. Open upset of Garbine Muguruza are why she came out of retirement. Up two breaks in the second set, Sevastova was serving for victory and had two match points. Sevastova then broke the third-seeded … More »

    AP - Sports - 20 minutes ago