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Ian Poulter hoping to emulate Justin Rose

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Ian Poulter is hoping to replicate last year's success of close friend Justin Rose as he aims to win his maiden major title during this week's US Open.

Poulter has gained "inspiration" from Rose's victory at Merion 12 months ago, but admits that he doesn't expect his Ryder Cup team-mate to discuss the secrets that enabled his victory.

The 38-year old struggled to hit enough fairways last year as he finished 21st in this event and is yet to land a major during an eventful career.

But Poulter has won two World Golf Championship events and has now fully recovered from the back injury that troubled him during last month's BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

"It was an inspiration (to see Rose winning)," said Poulter who, despite his back injury, did well to finish 26th at Wentworth.

"I didn't drive it well last year; you have to drive it exceptionally well to be a real factor and you need to have an incredible short game."

Poulter is now relishing the tough week that US Open provides and believes that, if he stays injury-free during the week, he can have a successful week.

"You have to be on your game, US Open set-ups are tough. I like tough golf. I would expect myself to be able to hang in there and be tough and if I'm fit, fresh, ready, no niggles, then I am all good.

"US Open golf is brutally difficult, it wears you down and you have to be on your game for that given week.

"I enjoyed playing Pinehurst last time, apart from a ball bouncing out of a perfectly-centred putt because the hole lining was slightly high. Not that I'm still bitter or remembering that at all!"

Poulter was asked if he had conversed with Rose regarding his success last year but felt that the US Open champion didn't tell him all the necessary ingredients for success.

“He is a competitor, you have to keep some stuff (to yourself), you can't let it all out.

"As much as he's a great mate of mine, you want to hold some stuff back. He knows what he did was rather special and I think I know what to do to be able to get there.

"It's a case of doing it on those four days and as we know, it's pretty difficult. I don't think people rationalise it properly sometimes, realise how few majors you actually play and how many great players there are. It's pretty tough."

The US Open represents that last event for Poulter before he takes a three-week break to prepare for a congested second half of the season, something that Sweden's Henrik Stenson benefited from last year.

Stenson came third in the Scottish Open, second in the Open at Muirfield a week later, second in the Bridgestone Invitational and third in the US PGA Championship. He eventually triumphed as he became the first man to win the FedEx Cup and Race Dubai in the same season.

This type of success is something Poulter will be aiming to achieve after his break.

There's still two majors to come after that three-week spell, plus WGC events and a strong FedEx season," added Poulter.

"As we've seen with Stenson's finish to last year, he didn't start playing much great golf until the Scottish Open so look what can be done. He's knocking on the door to be world No 1 in a short space of time.

"Those three weeks off are going to be crucial to get myself in really good shape leading into the back end of the year. I am there or thereabouts in Ryder Cup qualifying anyway. I would like to be a factor obviously like I would expect to be and that's a long way off.

"There are so many great tournaments between now and then, you play great you could be knocking on the door for many wins between now and then.”

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