Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

English Hoping for a Ryder Cup Boost; Performances May Be Crucial

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

English Hoping for a Ryder Cup Boost; Performances May Be Crucial

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Byline: Andrew Mullen

FUN is certainly the buzz word for England at the Mission Hills World Cup, but when the serious business begins today both Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher know that solid performances can further enhance their Ryder Cup pedigree.

Poulter and Fisher combined well 12 months ago to finish sixth over the undulating Olazabal course, with a solid week rounded off by an impressive final foursomes round.

And with both heading into the 28-team tournament on the back of recent wins, confidence and camaraderie is high with a victory certain to catch the attention of Ryder Cup captain and former World Cup winner Colin Montgomerie.

"I don't think we got off to a great start last year but we went from strength to strength and finished really strong," world number 20 Fisher said. "But we were both still disappointed not to finish inside the top three or even win.

"Now we are coming back both in good form. Ian just had a win, I've just had a win and we have both had good seasons on the European Tour.

"We have got to go out and play aggressive golf in the fourballs and play steady golf in the foursomes. This week is all about having fun and having a go and I'm sure we will do that."

Fisher's timely win at the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain last month came just hours after 2004 Ryder Cup winner Poulter ended a three-year drought in Singapore, meaning both are currently in the automatic qualify positions for Celtic Manor.

"Hopefully I can play myself into the Ryder Cup team but all I can do is take one tournament at a time and hopefully that will be good enough," added 2009 Vivendi Trophy winner Fisher, who is chasing a maiden Ryder Cup appearance. "I will think about the Ryder Cup more next year when it is a Ryder Cup year, but this is obviously a good stepping stone.

"If me and Ian can have a good week, maybe Colin will be looking at it. I've also won the Match Play which is a massive boost for me. …

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