'I Feel Like It Was The Right Decision' - Poulter After Earning Back Scottish Open Spot

The Englishman earned his spot back in the Scottish Open following legal action

Ian Poulter speaks to journalists
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Ian Poulter says he feels like it was the right move to take legal action against the DP World Tour following the decision to ban LIV Golf players from this week's event and hand out £100,000 fines.

Poulter, along with Justin Harding and Adrian Otaegui, had his ban "temporarily stayed" and is now in the field for the event that gets underway at the Renaissance Club on Thursday.

"We followed the procedure that was laid out in front by the tour for an appeal process and we've obviously won that appeal," the Ryder Cup legend said, wearing predominantly 'Majesticks GC' logos - his team in LIV Golf. "I feel like it was the right decision and I'm looking forward to the week."

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He played in the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor this week, where he told reporters that he had spoken to Rory McIlroy and Thomas Bjorn, and reiterated that joining LIV was a "business decision" and should not mean he loses friends on tour.

"The locker room are people that I play against week in week out and if they take exception to it that's up to those guys. I haven't had a problem with any of the players," he said.

"I've seen Rory [McIlroy] this week and I've had a chat, I've seen Thomas [Bjorn] and we have a difference of opinion but we're still friends, which its nice when you've played golf with these players for a very long time. It is strictly a business decision, not a personal decision that has to get in the way of friendships and I class pretty much everyone out here on tour as a friend."

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x