Ian Poulter to get ‘ruthless’

Ian Poulter says he has to 'get rid of the distractions' as he bids to climb back up the world rankings. Picture: Harry How/Getty Images
Ian Poulter says he has to 'get rid of the distractions' as he bids to climb back up the world rankings. Picture: Harry How/Getty Images
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Ian Poulter is ready to get “ruthless” as he attempts to overcome “distractions” that are in danger of costing him a Ryder Cup spot later this year.

After opening with a 69, the Englishman blew himself out of this event with damaging middle rounds of 78 and 82 before closing with a 71. Somewhere in the middle of all that, Poulter, a serial social media user, had taken to Twitter to post a comment about a journalist, having obviously been upset by his article on him.

“I’ve got to get rid of the distractions,” he admitted. “I’m still not doing a good enough job with that. Unfortunately, I paid the price yet again. So, I guess I need to be more ruthless and respect my time a bit more. If I do that, then I’ve got half a chance of playing some good golf.”

Having slipped outside the world’s top 50, his next task is to try to qualify for the US Open at Oakmont and get in the Ryder Cup mix. “This week is really disappointing,” he added. “It really could have been 
a week that I could have taken it advantage of. I didn’t, so it hurts.”