Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Ian Poulter  (Getty Images)
Ian Poulter (Getty Images)
Ian Poulter goes looking for further evidence this week that his brilliant play at The Ryder Cup is just the start of things to come.

Unbeaten in the victory over the Americans, Poulter won a second World Golf Championships title at the start of this month and on Sunday finished second to Adam Scott at the Australian Masters.

Now he is at The European Tour's season-ending DP World Tour Championship, where another win should take him back into the Official World Golf Ranking's top ten for the first time in almost two years.

"I feel I can end the year on a pretty high note," he said. "It's been great since September - my golf has been an extension of The Ryder Cup.

"It's the kind of golf I would have expected to play - it was a week I will keep with me for a long time and shows what golf I can play when I'm in that frame of mind."

What he wants most of all, of course, is to reproduce it come the Majors next season.

"It's in me. It comes out in The Ryder Cup, so why can't I produce week-in and week-out. When you look at the best players they do," he said.

"Majors are hard to win, but I played well in three of them this year and would like to get closer."

He came seventh in the Masters Tournament, ninth at The Open Championship and then third at the US PGA Championship, but his best finish remains runner-up to Padraig Harrington at the 2008 Open Championship.

Speaking about improvements he is aiming to make for next season, Poulter added: “I would like to drive it a bit further than I do. 

“I think my mid-iron play could improve a little bit. My scrambling has been very good this year, I think I'm up there on the statistics in terms of scrambling. 

“I would expect myself to putt like I've been putting the last three weeks, and that makes a huge difference. Look at Luke Donald; he obviously won last week and you would rate Luke Donald as one of about the putters in the world, and when you putt consistently well like he has over that 18-month period, you're going to move right up in the World Rankings. 

“So you have to hole putts week-in, week-out and that makes a huge difference.” 


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