Race to Dubai: Ian Poulter gunning for leader Henrik Stenson after personal bet to be the best in Europe

Poulter has shone time and again in the Ryder Cup but he feels it's time he shows that success when chasing personal glory

He has proved it time and time again in the cauldron of a Ryder Cup, but now Ian Poulter wants to demonstrate how he thrives under pressure in pursuit of the personal goal of becoming European number one.

Poulter got off to a slow start to the season but has come into form at the right time, finishing 15th, second and fifth in the first three events of the inaugural Final Series.

That has lifted the Englishman to fourth in the Race to Dubai and within 344,000 points of leader Henrik Stenson, who gave Poulter 10/1 on a 100 dollar bet last month that he would not be overtaken.

Stenson, Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell know a victory in the DP World Tour Championship on Sunday would clinch the Race to Dubai title and a one million dollar (£627,000) bonus, while a Poulter triumph would mean Stenson needs to finish second to deny him top spot.

"It would mean a lot," said Poulter, who inspired Europe to the 'Miracle at Medinah' last year. "I think the year has been disappointing but I guess I'm slowly turning that round at the back end of the year, which I have done a few times before.

"If I could win this week and win the Race to Dubai that would be a huge achievement for myself as a personal goal. That's something that every player wants to do.

"I've always done well under pressure, like my school report and school work. I never handed it in until the last minute. I always produced my best at the last minute. It's too easy early in the season isn't it?"

Poulter lost a play-off to Robert Karlsson for this event in 2010 when he dropped his ball on his marker to incur a one-shot penalty.

"I'm pretty confident for this week and fancy my chances," he added. "I love the golf course. I've played it really well in the past, apart from a Tiddlywink incident on the play-off hole!"

The event is meant to feature the top 60 on the Race to Dubai but only 56 players are taking part on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.

Sweden's Alex Noren is injured, but Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia and Charl Schwartzel are ineligible after failing to comply with a European Tour regulation which states players must play in two of the three previous events to qualify.

Els has made his displeasure known and Poulter added: "The rule was put in place; they may have got it slightly wrong. It's difficult sometimes to be able to play enough events everywhere to keep everybody happy.

"It would be nice to have Ernie, Sergio and Charl in the field and I'm sure that will be looked at and addressed. Everybody makes mistakes. I think it's a mistake that won't be made again. I think it will change for next year."

European Tour chief executive George O'Grady is set to reveal modifications to the format on Sunday, although eight-time European number one Colin Montgomerie has urged the Tour to "hold firm."

"The players are saying they are being dictated to and being told where to play, but you shouldn't have to be told to play for 7m should you?" Montgomerie said last week.

PA

News
The surrealist comedian at the Q Awards in 2010
people
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Sport
Christiano Ronaldo enjoys his opening goal
champions leagueLiverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: Ronaldo and Benzema run Reds ragged to avenge thrashing from their last visit to Anfield
Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Six of the 76 Goats' cheese samples contained a significant amount of sheep's cheese
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to American media group
Extras
indybest
News
Wilko Johnson is currently on his farewell tour
people
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidate on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
Voices
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
voicesRenée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity, says Amanda Hess
Arts and Entertainment
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are starring together in civil rights drama Freeheld
film
Voices
'Irritatingly Disneyfied': fashion vlogger Zoella
voicesVicky Chandler: Zoella shows us that feminism can come in all forms
Life and Style
health
Arts and Entertainment
Pink Floyd on stage at Live 8 in 2005. From left to right: David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright
music New album The Endless River set to overtake boyband for most pre-ordered of all-time
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
How to Get Away with Murder: Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama

How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
Which animals are nearly extinct?

Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink