USPGA: Ian Poulter vows to cut out "silly mistakes" at majors
Last Updated: 07/08/13 4:49pm
Ian Poulter: Wants to be closer to the lead after 54 holes
Ian Poulter admits the main reason he has failed to land a major title has been down to "silly mistakes" over the first three rounds.
The 37-year-old has mounted several final-day charges, most recently in the Open Championship at Muirfield when he stormed into contention with an eagle and three straight birdies around the turn.
He eventually finished four behind champion Phil Mickelson, and Poulter is aware he needs to be closer to the leaders after 54 holes if he is to make his major breakthrough.
Ahead of this week's US PGA Championship at Oak Hill, he said: "I guess I just haven't been close enough come Sunday morning.
"I've had three good runs at it now, and every time I've just been a couple of shots away. So I have to look into the early part of each of those weeks and say I've made mistakes at the wrong time.
"It's silly mistakes that have been very costly over the years. Certainly the Open, bogeying four of the last five and bogeying two of the last three in those first three days was very, very costly.
"So it's about me staying focused for 18 holes and trying not to make those silly mistakes and trying to find myself in a better position come Sunday morning.
"My stats have probably proven that when my nose is in front, I've played very well and often I've been able to finish the job off. I'd like to find myself in that position a bit more often on a Saturday night."
Poulter is aware that accuracy off the tee will be vital at Oak Hill, with dense rough likely to prevent players reaching the green in two on the longer par fours.
"This week in particular, I really need to be on my 'A' game to make sure that I put it in position off the tee," he added.
"There are a number of long par-fours around this golf course where, if you are coming out of the rough, then you're going to have no chance at all.
"My driving stats are pretty good and I'd like to lean on that as hard as I can this week, get it in play and try and take my opportunities when I can."