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Ian Poulter talks about his Open weekend: "It was horrific"

Ian Poulter headed into the Open Championship in high spirits, but ended the weekend feeling anything but happy.

After suffering five consecutive cuts, Poulter seemed pleased just to have qualified at all, saying: “I'm in a bonus week. I qualified for the Open. I'm loving it. This is a massive bonus for me to be in this position. I haven't played a major for a little while. And I can't wait. I'm excited. I'm pumped up. I feel my game's coming back to form. I'm ready to go out there toe to toe with anyone this weekend.”

However, two days on and that jolly mood has darkened considerably. Poulter closed his account with rounds of 71 and 70 to finish T14—ten shots behind winner Jordan Spieth. Poulter missed out on qualifying for the 2018 championship at Carnoustie in the process.

When pressed for a statement, Poulter was quick and to the point: “Horrific,” he said.

“I can still perform with the best players in the world, but I haven’t showed that at all this weekend. There was no wind. The greens were soft on Saturday. I really should have taken advantage of the golf course and I didn't do that. It's disappointing,” Poulter added.

“I expect more from myself than how I've performed this weekend. I’ve nothing to be happy about or proud about. I'm walking away from this tournament feeling extremely disappointed, from a great start.

“The first two days, it was amazing, right? But the weekend was horrific. So, the two together unfortunately don't add up to a great result. I didn't grab an automatic spot for next year, so I'm disappointed. The fans were amazing. I wish I could have done more for the fans because they carried me around for four days. They were truly remarkable.”




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