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Ian Poulter is focused entirely on qualifying for Paul McGinley's Ryder Cup side this September, insisting Europe will have a "great team" at Gleneagles. 

The Medinah stalwart comes alive during the three days of Europe versus the USA, and will play this week's China Open as he bids to secure an automatic spot in McGinley's team. 

Europe have won five of the last six matches between the two continents, but not a single European has won on the PGA Tour this season while America have five players inside the world's top 10.

However, Luke Donald ran Matt Kuchar all the way at last week's RBC Heritage at Hilton Head before succumbing to a single-stroke defeat - his third second-place finish in Harbour Town since 2009. 

Sergio Garcia has also shown good form recently, while Lee Westwood romped to a seven-shot victory in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday to make the Maybank Malaysia Open his first victory in almost two years. 

Speaking on the eve of the tournaments in China, Poulter said: "I think Paul will be fairly happy with the players that are coming into form right now. 

"Several months back, the team looked very different on paper but as well always know world-class players generally play well when it gets to the majors and we've obviously got a few of those coming up."

As well the US Open at Pinehurst in early June, next month will see the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and the BMW PGA at Wentworth - which all have a lot of Ryder Cup points available. 

Then there is the British Open at Hoylake soon after the US version, as well the WGC event at Firestone and the season ending major - the US PGA - at Valhalla in July. 

Poulter added: "Donald is playing well, Garcia is, and Westwood just won - plus there are a number of guys who played in the last Ryder Cup who are coming in to form. 

"I'm there or thereabouts. There's a long time between now and September to make the side. We've got three majors to go, WGC events, a couple of the biggest events to go in Europe as well. 

"So it' a long season, and there's lots of tournaments I'm focusing on for qualification purposes." 

The two-time WGC winner is currently in line to qualify automatically through the World Points List alongside Justin Rose, Donald, Rory McIlroy, Jamie Donaldson, Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson and Thomas Bjorn. 

That leaves the likes of Westwood, Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer - all key in Europe's last win - currently relying on a captain's pick. 

But Poulter is confident the team will begin to take real shape as the summer goes on.

He concluded: "I think the team will slowly begin to take shape, and yet again come September it's going to be two great teams fighting it out to get their hands on that fabulous trophy."

McGinley will announce his three picks at Wentworth on September 2.

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