Poulter can't keep saving best for last at majors


PITTSFORD, N.Y. – Ian Poulter is among the top players without a major championship title, but speaking in advance of this week’s PGA Championship, he sounds like he understands the winning formula.

“I just haven't been close enough come Sunday morning,” said Poulter, who finished T-3 at the Open Championship last month. “I think I have had a couple of runs at it. I've had three good runs at it now, and every time I've just been a couple of shots away. I have to look into the early part of each of those weeks and say, ‘I've made mistakes at the wrong time.’ Certainly the Open, bogeying four of the last five, and bogeying two of the last three in those first three days was very, very costly.

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“So it's about me staying focused for 18 holes and trying not to make those silly mistakes and trying to find myself in a better position come Sunday morning.”

As for this week, Poulter believes Oak Hill Country Club just might be suited for his style of play.

“I really need to be on my A-game to make sure that I put it in position off the tee,” he added. “There's a number of long par 4s around this golf course which if you are coming out of the rough then you're going to have no chance at all. So my driving stats are pretty good. I'd like to lean on that as hard as I can this week, get it in play, and try and take my opportunities when I can.”