Open 2012: Poulter left frustrated

England's Ian Poulter
England's Ian Poulter
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Ian Poulter finished The Open on a high note, sinking a 202-yard five-iron as he surged through the field to level par with a 67.

The shot came on the 481-yard second, the same hole where Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts also made a two earlier in the week.

A third-round 73 had taken Poulter - runner-up to Padraig Harrington at Birkdale in 2008 - out of contention and left him seething.

“Two fairway bunkers in 54 holes and I’m over par,” he said on Twitter. “It makes me want to puke. Padded cell required please.”

Poulter is at a loss to explain why it is taking so long for English golfers to end a barren spell in the majors going back to Nick Faldo’s third Masters title in 1996.

“There’s certainly the calibre of players - it just hasn’t happened,” he told reporters.

“It’s frustrating for me, you, everybody.”