"Perhaps it might have pushed Paddy a little harder.
"As it is, hats off to Padraig. Winning back-to-back Opens is very impressive and that shot he hit into 17 was awesome."
Poulter's immediate concern now turns to qualifying for the European team for this year's Ryder Cup at Valhalla.
The Englishman's performance at the Open pushed him up to seventh on the world points list and 12th in the Ryder Cup standings and, with his confidence now sky high, Poulter intends to use the five events left before the team is picked to force his way into the reckoning.
"I've put myself back in the picture with my performance at Royal Birkdale, but I'm still not secure," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
"I'm right on the edge of making the side and I think it was key to have a big week this week. With five tournaments coming up, which will take me right up to qualification for the Ryder Cup, this has given me a great boost.
"They are five very, very big golf tournaments, so if I take my game from the Open into those tournaments I'm looking forward to having five really good weeks and putting myself straight into the side.
"I don't want to miss Ryder Cups, they are very special. It's a great experience to play in a team with great guys, good friends and enjoy the week. It's very special."
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