With house done, Poulter focused on golf
"I'm not a moving freak. I just like nice things," Poulter said. "So I guess, you know, you upgrade things as you go along. But this one being a big one and being a stressful one: two years and nine months is abnormally long to build a house.
"I could write a book. There were a lot of interesting hiccups along the way, but I'm glad to say they are all behind me, and we are going to spend that first night in there on Sunday."
AP Photo/John RaouxIn his past two PGA Tour starts, Ian Poulter has finished seventh at the Masters and third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Last year, Poulter missed the cut at half of his 12 PGA Tour events and had just two top-10s. The always impeccably dressed former Accenture Match Play champion, who was once thought to be a strong contender at the majors, missed the cut in 2011 at both the U.S. Open and the Open Championship. After his win last May at the Volvo World Match Play Championship, he had only one top-10 in the remainder of the year at the UBS Hong Kong Open, where he finished fourth.
At the beginning of the 2012 season, he made a vow to refocus his efforts on the golf course. Based on his seventh-place finish at the Masters, he appears to have rededicated himself to the game.
On Thursday, Poulter had 21 putts -- including nine one-putts.
"I hit a lot of good shots and then missed a couple of the greens just by a tiny bit, so you would expect to get those up and down," Poulter said. "But I had no idea that the run was nine single putts in a row.
"You know, if you've got your eye in these greens and you do start it online, you should expect a ball certainly from 20 feet and in to go in. I mean they are absolutely perfect."
Poulter might finally be clearheaded enough to bring that exacting attention for detail to his golf game. Over the next three days, the Stadium Course will certainly force him to use those skills.
Farrell Evans covers golf for ESPN and can be contacted at email@example.com.