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Ian Poulter would love to win Claret Jug

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Ian Poulter has admitted he would love to win the Open after seeing his "larger than life" friend Miguel Angel Jimenez triumph at his home Open in Spain. 

Poulter, 38, has gone close to winning the Claret Jug twice - once in 2008 where he finished second to Padraig Harrington, as well as his third-place finish last year at Muirfield behind eventual winner Phil Mickelson. 

And after witnessing his former Ryder Cup teammate Jimenez seal the Spanish Open at the ripe old age of 50, Poulter expressed his desire to follow in his fellow professional's footsteps. 

Speaking to reporters, Poulter said: "I think for Jimenez, being in his 50s, winning his home Open was very, very special. He's in fantastic form right now, and I think every pro around the world would have been happy to see him win that golf tournament. 

"He is a great player. Great players win great tournaments, and he's won many now. I've lost count of how many he has won. He's larger than life - he loves a drink, he loves a cigar, but he loves playing golf."

Jimenez broke his own record of being the oldest winner on the European Tour when he beat Richard Green and Thomas Pieters in a playoff at PGA Catalunya Resort two weeks ago. 

It was his first triumph in his home Open, following in the footsteps of fellow compatriots Alvaro Quiros, Sergio Garcia and the irreplaceable Seve Ballesteros. 

Asked whether seeing Jimenez win in Spain was a source of inspiration, Poulter added: "Sure. Whenever you see anyone win their home Open, it certainly gives you a kick inside and makes you think: 'Wow, I'd really love to win my Open.' My Open being the Open Championship.

"For me, I've come close. I've had a second, I've had a third. I really would love to hold that Claret Jug."

This year's Open will be held at Hoylake at Royal Liverpool, but first comes next month's U.S. Open at Pinehurst - of which Poulter has just been handed an exemption for thanks to his world ranking, alongside Jimenez.

And although at 38 the Englishman has plenty left in the tank, he hoped by the time he was Jimenez's age he'd still have a lot left to give to the game. 

"I'd like to think I'll still have enough game at 50 to win on Tour," he laughed. "12 years on from now, providing I keep myself in decent shape. Hopefully my putting stroke will still be there and yeah, I'd love to be holding a trophy in my 50s."

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