Putting touch has deserted me, says Poulter

Tue Jul 28, 2015 5:34am EDT
 
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By Tony Jimenez

WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Less than three years after his magical putter inspired a 'miracle' Ryder Cup victory for Europe, Ian Poulter says his touch on the greens has temporarily deserted him.

The world number 33 has missed the cut in his last two outings, the Scottish and British Opens, and he puts his sub-standard performances down to a lack of belief with the shortest club in the bag.

"I'm not disappointed how I played because I thought I played good but I'm disappointed I didn't hole my fair share of putts," Poulter told Reuters in an interview.

"It's back to the drawing board now, I've got to try to visually see my lines.

"Some weeks you just can't see the right lines, you can't visualize the ball going in the hole, and that puts the rest of your game under pressure to hit it close."

Poulter showed nerves of steel when he sank five birdie putts in as many holes on the penultimate day to haul Europe out of trouble before the team went on to secure their 'Miracle of Medinah' triumph over the United States in 2012.

The U.S. led 10-4 at one point during the Saturday four-balls before a Poulter-inspired Europe stormed to a 14 1/2-13 1/2 victory against their shell-shocked hosts.

The Englishman said he must now knuckle down on the practice putting green to get the right feel back in his stroke.   Continued...

 
Ian Poulter of England hits from the rough on the 14th hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland, July 15, 2015.   REUTERS/Paul Childs