A REVITALISED Ian Poulter is targeting a first victory since 2012 on what used to be one of his least favourite courses in this week's BMW PGA Championship.

Poulter has previously made no secret of his dislike for Wentworth, especially after the controversial redesign by Ernie Els in 2010.

"I don't like this golf course. Period. End of story," said the Ryder Cup star on his way to finishing 18th in 2011. "It's a very difficult golf course, especially now it's been redesigned. It's not fun."

The condition of the greens also came in for criticism from the likes of Luke Donald and Justin Rose, with two-time winner Donald suggesting in 2015 they needed replacing for the second time in six years.

Donald got his wish when an extensive renovation programme began just eight days after Chris Wood's victory last year, with all 18 greens stripped of their old turf and reseeded with a new type of grass.

The greens on the eighth, 11th, 14th and 16th holes were completely rebuilt and another five – the third, fourth, fifth, 12th and 15th – were partially rebuilt, while a sub-air system as used at Augusta National was installed under all 18 greens.

All of the bunkers were redesigned and a total of 29 removed, with a combination of those changes – and, no doubt, the £5.4million prize fund – helping to ensure Open champion Henrik Stenson will make just his second appearance in seven years in one of the European Tour's flagship events.

World No 16 Tyrrell Hatton, who finished seventh last year, described the new greens as "100 times better" and Poulter is hoping they can help him build on his runners-up finish in the Players Championship earlier this month.

"I'm very much looking forward to getting out on the course to have a look, because this tournament deserves a golf course in fantastic condition," said Poulter, who was 26th on his last appearance at the venue in 2014.

"It has been pretty much a flagship event for a very long time. It's the home of the Tour. Everyone knows Wentworth and it really should be one of the best courses on the rota that we play.

"Being a golf fan as a kid and walking around watching the greats play this golf course, it's a tournament where I feel I should have played a lot better. Why I haven't performed as well as I have around this golf course, I'm not really sure.

"So I'm absolutely delighted that it's been changed. I think the changes last time, on a number of holes, were too severe. The greens were bumpy, I don't think that's a secret to anybody."

Finishing second at Sawgrass lifted Poulter from 195th in the world rankings to 80th and sealed his place in the end-of-season FedEx Cup play-offs on the PGA Tour, meaning he could accept an invitation from the European Tour to play the first Rolex Series event this week.

"I can't emphasise how big a week it was," said the 41-year-old Englishman. "To take care of my playing rights over there, to make a big move in the world ranking position, to enable me to travel back across the pond to play this week, to be able to play a string of events in Europe this summer, was something I really wanted to do.

"Now I'm in a position to do so, so from a mindset perspective I'm in a really good frame of mind. When you're in a good frame of mind, generally good things happen."