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Poulter ready to bury the ghosts of 2010

Englishman returns to scene of marker mishap that cost him second place

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18th hole at the earth course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.
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Dubai: England’s Ian Poulter returns to the scene of former despair when he plays in the 2012 DP World Tour Championship, where two years ago he conceded a penalty stroke to lose a play-off with Robert Karlsson.

The simple mishap on the 18th hole — he dropped his ball on his marker — cost him an eye-watering €438,000 (Dh2.06 million) as he finished third rather than second, but the current world No 13, who is fifth in the Race to Dubai with almost €2.3 million, doesn’t feel his bogey venue owes him a break.

“The tournament owes me nothing,” said Poulter, 36, who has recorded eight top-10 finishes in 14 appearances on the European Tour this season.

“Obviously I made the mistake and I dropped my ball on my coin. So yes, it certainly doesn’t owe me anything.

“I like the golf course and I’ve obviously played it very well. So I would expect myself to be out there in contention this week, that’s what I expect to do. I think it lays out nicely.

“I think I have plenty of opportunities to make birdies and obviously I’m on good putting form, so hopefully that continues this week and I can get my hands on a nice big trophy.”

Of his recent excellent form, typified by winning all four of his matches during Europe’s Ryder Cup win in September, Poulter said: “My golf’s been an extension of the Ryder Cup. I got fourth at the BMW Masters, which was very nice, and then the WGC HSBC Champions was a great win.

“It was a little disappointing not to finish the job last week [in the Australian Masters] but Scotty [Adam Scott] played very nice on Sunday to take that title.

“So fourth, first and second in the last three tournaments is always nice. Whenever you keep finishing in the top five, you’re playing pretty good golf.”

Poulter added: “I’m feeling like we can end the year on a very high note and move further up the world rankings, which would be very pleasing.

“I obviously can produce it and it is in me. It comes out at the Ryder Cup, so why shouldn’t I be able to produce that week in, week out? I guess I have done in the last three weeks. We just have to see how long I can keep doing that for.

“When you look at the best players in the world, they are doing it week in, week out, so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t sit among those guys.

“If I can continue the feeling that I’ve got with the putter right now and keep playing the golf I’ve got, then I can go and shoot low numbers on the golf course. And when you are going to do that, you’re going to put yourself in position to win golf tournaments every week.”