Ian Poulter hoping to be follow Justin Rose and become England's next major winner

Last Updated: 10/07/13 1:30pm

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Ian Poulter has told Sky Sports that Justin Rose's US Open success has motivated him to improve his own game.

Rose became England's first major winner since 1996 after claiming a one-shot victory at Merion last month and Poulter says it will inspire him to end his own wait for a first major.

"I thing it does a number of things. One, it's obviously nice to see your friend do it but it gives you a kick up the backside as well. You see him do it, you want to do it as well.

"You see him do it, you want to do it as well."
Ian Poulter on Justin Rose

"The question was asked for years and years and years, 'when is one of your guys finally going to break through?' and I'm hoping Justin's win at the US Open, one, stops that question and, two, opens the door for the other guys to come through and show the hard work we've put in over the last decade can really pay off and back up the victories that Faldo had all those years ago."

Poulter's next chance to follow in Rose's footsteps comes in the upcoming Open Championship at Muirfield.

The Englishman was tied 50th when the East Lothian course held the tournament in 2002 while he had his closest brush with major success when runner-up in the 2008 Open at Royal Birkdale.

Poulter said: "I can take the good things out of Muirfield 11 years ago. I was top 10 going into Saturday I believe, I played in front of Tiger and O'Meara and we all remember what happened on that Saturday, we all got blown off the golf course apart from Ernie.

"I like the golf course, I can remember a good chunk of it and I can also reflect on the good Opens I've had as well so I'd like to think my game is just tuning up nicely.

"I love links golf. I love taking some of the hybrids out of the bag and putting the long irons back in for the shot-making and running up onto some of those greens.

"It's about taking my chances. You can throw the yardage book away at times and actually play it from feel and visual rather than actually pull a number. You know, 120 yards, seven-iron shot it doesn't sound right but you just have to feel shots in those difficult conditions and that comes from practice and playing links golf and pulling on the shots that you've hit in the past."

Poulter admits that he's not "fussy" as to which major trophy he'd like to win but added: "If there was one over all the others, I think to have my name etched on the Claret Jug would be a pretty good one to have it on."

Rory's struggles

Ryder Cup hero Poulter is also expecting another of his Medinah colleagues, Rory McIlroy, to come good again sooner rather than later.

"The year he had last year was just absolutely exceptional," said Poulter who partnered McIlroy in the memorable Saturday fourballs at Medinah.

"Yes, he's changed equipment so the easy excuse is to say it's the equipment.

"The problem is... world number one, major winner, massive year last year, wins two money titles, where does it go from there?

"The only way you can better that is to go and win three majors in one season so it's very, very hard.

"It would be very easy to have a comedown which is exactly what's happened. I think the new equipment will take a little while to settle in.

"The second the confidence gets back to where it was, Rory's going to be flying."

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