Ian Poulter, born in the United Kingdom in 1976, had his best finish in a major championship at the 2008 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club. Poulter finished second, four back of Padraig Harrington, who won the event at three-over-par.

Monday on his SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio program, Unfiltered with Ian Poulter, the world’s 27th-ranked golfer said this year, at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Merseyside, England, could be Poulter’s year to hold the Claret Jug.

“I think I’ve done all the right prep,” Poulter said. “I’m really excited about this week. It’s The Open Championship, it’s summer time, we’re in the UK, I couldn’t be more excited, I have friends and family here, it’s the Claret Jug. It’s that time of year where everyone gets inspired. It’s the third major of the year, and you know what, I think it’s time. I’d love to be able to deliver and put my name right there amongst some of the greats of all-time, that have put their hands on that illustrious Claret Jug.”

For Poulter to grab hold of his first major championship, the key will be patience, he explained.

These major championships which we compete in, obviously, four a year – you got Augusta, U.S. Open, Open Championship and then the U.S. PGA – they’re very much set up to try to cut you out. I’ve played in enough now to realize that you need to be patient. You really need to work very hard on that. And you need to have a gameplan, and you need to try and stick to it. And that’s what happens, for the most part, during the weeks. And the clever stuff is the guys that set up these major championships test your patience, they test your course strategy, and they ask you to hit every single shot in the bag. And sometimes, it’s difficult, and sometimes, you get pushed off the beaten track and you have to try and conjure up shots which really, you haven’t tried or practiced or seen in quite some time. And that’s why I say it’s very challenging, and it tests every part of your game. You need to be patient, you need to be resilient, you need to know when to attack, you need to know when the right time to try to convert. You need a lot of patience, and you need to be strong, because these majors are gonna wear you down.

So if Poulter does manage to win the Claret Jug, what will golf’s best-dressed man be donning?

“There might be a hint of tartan come Sunday.”

For full coverage of the 2014 Open Championship, including play-by-play provided by ESPN Radio, tune to SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

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