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Poulter relaxed about making Ryder Cup team

Ian Poulter is determined not to go through the Ryder Cup heartache he suffered three years ago in Munich when he missed out on a Cup debut by just one spot.

The 28-year-old Briton is now in a stronger position, holding the penultimate ninth qualifying place going into this week's BMW International, but he is only 16,092 points ahead of Paul McGinley and 61,484 in front of Jean-Francois Remesy.

"It's nice to have points in the bag this time," Poulter told reporters on Wednesday. "If I play half-decent then I should be fine.

"The last time, I was chasing Pricey (Phillip Price, the player who finished 10th) and needed to finish top 15 with him missing the cut, and it didn't work out.

"There isn't so much to do this week."

Poulter, who admitted he was worn out when he made his bid to get into the team in 2001, has benefited from a week's break after the U.S. PGA Championship, particularly as none of his rivals prospered at the NEC Invitational.

"I would rather have been there but the results didn't turn out too badly," he said.

"I had five days working on my new house, not even thinking about golf and that was great refreshment."

Poulter said he would not be worrying about his rivals.

"I will just play to win," he said. "You can't spend 72 holes scanning the scoreboard, that's absolute madness."

Compatriot David Howell, 15,878 points ahead of Poulter in eighth place in the standings, was equally happy that not playing in the latest WGC did not affect his chances of a Ryder Cup debut.

"This week is massive," said the 29-year-old Englishman. "It's in my hands, but I'm in a much better position than others and I could even have a bad week and still be in."

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