Ian Poulter hoping to enjoy revamped Wentworth on BMW PGA Championship return

"I will now continue the process of preparing my game for the US Open and the rest of the season".

Ian Poulter is no lover of Wentworth's greens, but he is back from the brink and back in Surrey, intent on winning the first of the European Tour's new $7 million (about £5.4 million) events.

The 28-year-old, who was treated for a stress fracture to his ribs earlier in the year, felt discomfort during the recent Players Championship in Florida.

"I was very disappointed to withdraw this morning with the recurrence of the same lower back injury that has been a problem for a few years", McGinley said last night.

Rory McIlroy will decide by the weekend whether to play in next week's Memorial tournament in OH - or to go into the US Open without a prep event.

McIlroy will now turn his attention toward rehabilitating in time for the U.S. Open, which is scheduled to begin June 15 at Wisconsin's Erin Hills. He played four times in six weeks upon his return until taking a post-Masters break to get married.

"So maybe I should have just taken it a bit easier over the weekend".

"I would love to take care of it this week", he said. "And when you look at how this tour performs relative to professional golf, we see 22 major champions who have played on this tour, seven players who have won The Players Championship and this is what you see from the players who will be on this golf course with you", Web.com Tour President Dan Glod said.

Poulter's first top-10 finish in 14 months at the Players Championship a fortnight ago moved him up more than 100 places in the world rankings to 80th, but he needs to crack the top 50 to make the field for the next two majors.

The 2014 winning Ryder Cup captain had looked forward to the tournament with added anticipation as he was involved with Thomas Bjorn, the 2018 European Ryder Cup captain, in advising on the extensive upgrades to the West Course at Wentworth through the previous year.

  • Arturo Norris