Ian Poulter admits his late qualification for this year’s Masters means he has “zero expectations” heading into the tournament.
The Englishman only secured his place at Augusta on Sunday, as he beat American Beau Hossler in a play-off to win the Houston Open.
That result was enough to see the 42-year-old, who is now up to 29 in the world rankings, qualify for the first Major of the year, but it also meant he arrived at Augusta National less than 48 hours before the start of the tournament.
That late arrival means Poulter feels underprepared for the event and he admits he also has “zero expectations” heading into his opening round on Thursday.
“I have zero expectations,” Poulter said.
“I have never pitched up to the Masters on a Tuesday afternoon, I would never have done as little preparations I’m about to do for this event.”
“As confident as I feel going into this week, I believe I’m unprepared, so let’s see if that unpreparedness works in my favour.”
Poulter’s best finish in his 12 previous visits to Augusta was a tie for sixth-place back in 2015 and he is really excited about competing in this year’s event.
He added: I’m here late, but it’s a place I love and I’m really excited to be here.”
Poulter is priced at 41.00 to win what would be his first Major title this week, while he is available at 51.00 to be leading after Thursday’s opening round.