Poulter looking to finish on a high

Ian Poulter is looking to continue his good record at the WGC-HSBC Champions this weekend.

The Englishman won the event in 2012 and finished runner-up last year to Dustin Johnson.

While he has no mathematical chance of catching up to world number one Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai, Poulter is still hoping to make amends for an average season and pick up as many points as he can on the Sheshan International course.

“I’m looking forward to it,” revealed the 38-year-old on europeantour.com.

“I’ve had some great results there, and it would be nice to go one better than I did last year, which means I’ll be walking away with the trophy. It’s a course we’ve got to know well; most players have played it a lot. It’s a great track and a good test.

“My motivation level is to win the golf tournament; that’s paramount. I think the Race to Dubai is done and dusted now with Rory being so far ahead, so for me it’s about getting as many world ranking points as I can, because I haven’t done a good job of that this year. I’ve dropped way too far, so I need to play well.”

Meanwhile, Graeme McDowell, who coincidentally finished third behind Poulter at the 2013 tournament, is happy to be back competing in Shanghai.

“I’m excited to be going back,” added the Northern Irishman.

“HSBC are great sponsors and always put on great events. It’s a golf course I always enjoy going back to and there have been a lot of great champions there over the years.

“I’ve got good memories from finishing third last year and my game’s in good shape. I’m a little disappointed with how I finished in the BMW Masters, but all in all I’m taking some good form to Sheshan and I need a good week for The Race to Dubai and other various reasons.”