Poulter focuses on Europe

10 May 2018 11:34:00 EST

Ian Poulter says he is to play in Europe throughout the summer in a bid to clinch a place in this year's Ryder Cup squad.

The English golfer is to take part in this week's Players Championship in Florida but will then relocate and focus on the European Tour and a chance to compete in a sixth Ryder Cup.

I'm really trying to focus on making sure I make that team and don't have to be a [captain's] pick.

Ian Poulter

He has struggled for form in recent times but won the Houston Open last month and with it a place in the Masters together with a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour.

He hopes his good form will continue on the other side of the Atlantic with thoughts turning to the bi-annual tournament between Europe and the USA which takes place this September at Le Golf National in Paris.

Poulter, with such a good record in his five previous Ryder Cup appearances, makes no secret that this year's tournament is his priority.

Ahead of the Players Championship he said: "It's a massive goal. It's on my mind. I really need to focus hard on the next three months, four months, big European push.

"Obviously there's a lot of points to play for in Europe. So I'm really trying to focus on making sure I make that team and don't have to be a [captain's] pick."

His decision to play on the European Tour throughout the rest of the summer means that Poulter has two chances to earn one of the eight qualifying places for the team; off the European points list or through the World points list.

Poulter, on his return to England, will compete in the BMW PGA Championship in two weeks and will then play in the Italian Open.

He completes an all-English trio competing in the first two rounds in Sawgrass, Poulter playing alongside Justin Rose and Tommy Fleetwood.

Europe are 13/10 to win back the Ryder Cup later this year with the USA 9/10.

Poulter is 55/1 to win the British Open held this year in Carnoustie in Scotland. Rory McIlroy is 16/1 with Dustin Johnson priced at 11/1.

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