Ian Poulter ‘pretty happy’ after feeding off Birkdale experience at Open

• Englishman shoots three-under 67 in search for his first major title
• Wind conditions replicated last day in 2008 when he finished second

Ian Poulter, who missed five majors in a row with injury and made it to this, the sixth, only after coming through final qualifying at his home club, Woburn, has previous at Birkdale and memories of the 2008 experience flashed through his mind as he completed a commendable three?under 67 to leave himself well placed to challenge for a first major title.

Poulter’s second-place finish at the Players Championship in May set up his season after it looked like he had lost his US Tour card the previous month, only for a clerical error to be unearthed and give him a second chance. He got his game into links mode at the Scottish Open last week, where he shared the lead after three rounds only to finish with a disappointing 74. He then drove himself down from Dundonald on Sunday evening to prepare for the big one.

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