Poults targets strong run

Ian PoulterIan Poulter (33/1 Scottish Open outright) has targeted a strong run of form over the next few weeks to ensure he qualifies automatically for the Ryder Cup, starting on Thursday at the Scottish Open.

Poulter currently sits on the fringes of Paul McGinley’s side and the Irishman will be desperate to see him qualify for the biennial event due to the fine record he has enjoyed in the competition over the years.

However, with some other star names also currently struggling to seal their spot at Gleneagles, he is by no means guaranteed a wildcard, although there is still plenty of time for him to qualify.

First up is this week’s Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen before the third major of the year, the Open Championship, at Hoylake.

A victory in one of golf’s four biggest events is something that still eludes the Englishman’s otherwise immaculate CV and he knows breaking his duck either on Merseyside or in August’s US PGA Championship will almost certainly book his Ryder Cup place.

Poulter’s (40/1 Open Championship outright) inspiring performance in Saturday’s fourballs was arguably the turning point as Europe came from behind to win two years ago at Medinah and the 38-year-old is now targeting a strong run of results to guarantee a fifth appearance in the competition.

“I’ve got eight tournaments in the next 10 weeks so it’s going to be busy lead-up to the Ryder Cup and I’m going to want to cement my place in Paul’s team,” he told Sky Sports. “I know where I am – I’m just outside the team and I want to make sure I’m in that team.”

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