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Poulter trusts instincts in major hunt

ESPN staff
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Ian Poulter admits he has failed to pinpoint what part of his game needs changing to win a major for the first time and is instead putting his faith in intuition for 2013.

Poulter's instincts stood him well in 2012 as he put together an impressive personal run of form and spearheaded Europe to their dramatic final-day Ryder Cup victory at Medinah.

He ended the week with a perfect 4-0-0 record and the Englishman was a constant source of inspiration for his team-mates as they turned around a 10-6 deficit to win 14½-13½.

While that was the peak, Poulter also finished in the top 10 in three majors and landed his second World Golf Championship title in China in November.

Winning one of the four majors has still eluded him and the 36-year-old believes that the best way to pursue his goal is to do what comes naturally, and then get lucky.

"I don't know what it takes," Poulter told Reuters. "If it means taking off 20 weeks before playing in a major, then I would take 20 weeks off. If it means playing five in a row to win one, then I would do that.

"I've tried a lot of things but I just need to keep doing what I am doing, to be honest with you. I just need to keep working on the same things. You need to ride a bit of luck in these majors at certain times to be able to pick one up. No question, I'd really love to win one.

"The first part of the year [2012] was very solid, then three top-10s in the majors ... I must be doing something right. And then I got to the Ryder Cup and backed that up with some great golf.

"I've got lots of goals... keep working on the same things to improve and to get better and hopefully pick up some titles along with that first major."

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