Ian Poulter Now Loves The Tournament He Once Loathed

Southampton:

Ian Poulter is at last enjoying the US Open after more than ten years of aggravation and despite a couple of late miscues on Friday, the Briton heads into the weekend tied for fourth and well in disagreement for a maiden major title.

The 42-year-old performed fiercely for 16 holes as he moved to within one shot of halfway leader Dustin Johnson, but the Englishman closed with an ugly triple bogey-bogey finish to sign for a second round 72.The Ryder Cup stalwart sits one-over par for the tournament and will hope Johnson, who moved four strokes clear of the field at four-under for the tournament, will start making some mistakes of his own over the next two days.

Despite the rocky finish, Poulter was cheerful while talking to the reporters and said that he had come to love the tournament he once despised .“I’ve hated it for 14 years, I’m going to be honest,” he said.“I came to my first US Open and I wanted to enjoy it, and I hated it. I hated a lot of US Opens through the years because I’ve gone home early and I haven’t had the finish that I would have liked.

“So, you know, coming in this week, feeling good about my game, feeling good about the course, I kind of love it … you know, I hated it and (now) I love it.” Poulter until this day has never managed to secure a top-10 finish at a US Open — his best result coming in 2006 when he finished tied for 12th — but this year, his win at the Houston Open after a year of hurt and frustration has helped in increasing confidence. The Briton said memories of missing the cut at past US Opens had enthused him to improve his game and inspired him to take a more relaxed approach to the high-pressure tournament.“Being at home sitting on the sofa watching the US Open the last couple years has been kind of frustrating,” he said.“So that’s why I’ve got the attitude this week of a little bit carefree, go out, play golf, try and enjoy it.”

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