After taking Race To Dubai Champion, Henrik Stenson to the test in Dubai, 38 year-old Ian Poulter has two items on his 2014 “to do” list. Win a secure berth to the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September, and win a major this year. Poulter is skipping the desert activities this spring, and is in Florida prepping for the WGC events and the Masters.
In a January 4th article in The Mirror, the Hitchin, England native says he wants to spend the spring getting his Ryder Cup status taken care of , and then get ready to play at Augusta in April.
“Once you have played in one Ryder Cup you never want to miss playing in another one.
“And with the Scottish golf fans the atmosphere at Gleneagles is going to be fantastic. So I want to make sure I earn my place in the team as soon as possible.
“That would then free me up in time to concentrate on trying to win one of the Majors. That’s my goal.
“Instead of playing other tournaments just looking for Ryder Cup points, I could save all my energy to make sure I can prepare properly for each Major.”
Ian Poulter has won twelve tournaments on the European Tour, and is ranked 13th in Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR). He made a great run in November putting up a second place finish at both the HSBC Golf Champions, and DP World Tour Championships, Dubai. He was playing great golf down the stretch, and intends to continue when the 2014 season resumes.
He will focus on the WGC Accenture Match Play Championships at Dove Mountain, and the WGC Cadillac at Doral where he hopes to wrap up the Ryder Cup qualifications, and then get ready for Augusta.
The attitude the Europeans have regarding the Ryder Cup makes them a viable foe that will be tough for Captain Tom Watson and his team in September.
I feel like this is the reason we have trouble winning the Ryder Cup. The days before Seve, when we dominated this event are long gone, and Team Europe will again be tough at Gleneagles.
Source: Mirror Sports
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