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Ian Poulter targets British Masters win


Ian Poulter is desperate to win his first even for three years at the British Masters, and his mother’s recent illness has given the Englishman’s task extra impetus.

Poulter is hosting the returning £3million British Masters at his home club of Woburn this week as he hones in on a first win on English soil.

He hasn’t recorded a top-10 finish since May and admitted he will playing with extra focus and determination following his mother recently returning home from hospital after suffering an aneurism.

“The one big spark for me is my mum, she comes out of hospital today, so things have got a lot better today,” he said on Tuesday.

“She had an aneurysm and she was in there for three weeks. I’ll be very happy and I can go out there and concentrate and do my job on the course.

"She probably won’t be coming unless I am coming up the last on Sunday. That would be nice – a real motivation.”

Poulter secured victories at events in his first seven years on tour.

However, Poulter turns 40 in January and has failed to claim a winners cheque since the WGC-HSBC Champions in November 2012 – even needing a wildcard selection to play in Europe’s Ryder Cup triumph at Gleneagles last year.

“Not winning has hurt a lot,” he admitted. “I’m not getting any younger and the guys are getting younger and better.

“It’s been difficult and that’s hard to take as someone that has pride in himself. But the only way of dealing with that properly is going out there and win.

"I need to do that and I would expect myself to do that pretty soon.

"I need to get the old me back and I need to be a bit more ruthless and I need to have that killer instinct out on the golf course.”



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