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Poulter vows to improve on second

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Poulter was three under for his final 15 holes at Royal Birkdale

Ian Poulter insisted there is more to come after his final round of 69 secured him second place at the Open.

Poulter ended the tournament seven over, four adrift of winner Padraig Harrington, to beat his previous best of tied ninth at the 2006 USPGA.

"There is plenty more in me and I know I can go better," said Poulter. "I don't think I've enjoyed a week as much as I have this one.

"I am fairly happy with how I played and I will take a lot of confidence."

Poulter started his final round with two bogeys in the first three holes but was three under for the remainder of his round.

I hope that this will springboard me on for a massive push before the Ryder Cup side is picked

Ian Poulter
"It was kind of a rollercoaster," said Poulter. "I did not get off to the best start, but then I steadied ship and started to hit a lot of greens in regulation.

"A few putts did not want to drop for me, they slipped by, but after it opened round the back nine it was a great adrenalin rush to see a few putts go in."

Poulter was the clubhouse leader until Harrington, playing in the final group with Greg Norman, struck a back nine of 32 including an eagle on 17 to retain his title.

The 32-year-old Poulter missed birdie chances at 13 and 17, particularly on the penultimate hole when he left a long putt short.

"It could have very possibly been so much better," added Hitchin-born Poulter.

"At the start of the day you have a score in mind and I shot what I thought was a good round of golf. I would have taken one under par before I went out.

"I should have finished a couple more under par. I missed a good opportunity on 13 from five feet and then I go and three-putt on 17, which is a little bit frustrating.

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"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."




see also
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