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Poulter believes he's ready to have a real shot at Masters joy in Augusta

 

By Robert Jones

Ian Poulter believes his best is yet to come after playing his way into the Masters.

The Englishman needed a win at the Houston Open to advance into the year's first major and duly delivered, making a 20-foot putt for birdie to get into a play-off and then capitalising on a Beau Hossler mistake to win a play-off.

It is all a far cry from last season when the 42-year old thought he had lost his card in America before being handed a reprieve after a recalculation.

The win was his first in six years but Poulter is now fully focused on getting back to his best and earning a place at the Ryder Cup.

He said: "It's tough when you're down, when you can't see the light at the end of the tunnel, when everything seems to be going wrong, it's hard, it gets you down.

"But it's not the first time I've gone through some roller coasters.

"That's as low as I've ever been, that's as far down the world rankings as I've been, questioning whether you've got a Tour card or not - it isn't very good.

"It's not very good for your mental strength.

"It's not very good for your psyche, but to reassess, to reform the team, Paul Dunkley, my agent, has done an incredible job... simplifying my life to get me back on track, it's been amazing. The journey continues.

"I've had 19 good years on tour and I guess I've got another couple coming. There's life in the old dog yet."

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