Ian Poulter Admits His Putting Game Has Deserted Him

After missing the cut in his last two starts, Ian Poulter says his touch on the greens has been the main cause of his sub-par finishes.

GULLANE, SCOTLAND - JULY 21:  Ian Poulter of England bites his putter after missing a birdie putt on the 1st green during the final round of the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield on July 21, 2013 in Gullane, Scotland.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Ian Poulter missed the cut at both the Scottish Open and The Open Championship. The 39-year-old says he needs to refocus on his short game, citing his putting as the main culprit for his recent falters.

In a recent interview with Reuters, Poulter discussed his putting woes.

“I’m not disappointed how I played because I thought I played good but I’m disappointed I didn’t hole my fair share of putts.”

“Some weeks you just can’t see the right lines, you can’t visualize the ball going in the hole, and that puts the rest of your game under pressure to hit it close.”

We all rely on putting, we all hit it well from tee to green but unless you hole the putts you are not going to win tournaments. I’ve had great times and won great tournaments but my putting has held me back.

I need to work harder on that, put in even more hours. It’s time for me to put more emphasis on my putting,” he added.

Who could forget Poulter’s unbelievable showing at the 2012 Ryder Cup, when he sank five birdie putts in as many holes on the penultimate day, leading the European charge to secure their ‘Miracle of Medinah’ triumph.

Whatever it is, something has spooked Poulter and he needs to get his green game back together.

“Something is not quite right whether it’s in my setup, my posture, my grip, my eyeline, once I find that comfortable feeling again the putts will just start to go in.”

Next on the agenda for the world No. 33 is the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio starting on 6 August, immediately followed by the year’s final major, the US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin.