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Poulter wants Ryder Cup buzz for himself
Ian Poulter in Melbourne for Wednesday's Pro-Am. PicGetty Images

UPDATE: Australian Masters defending champion Ian Poulter is searching for a way to capture the feeling he gets playing Ryder Cup to spark greater individual success.

The English world No.16 was outstanding in spearheading Europe to a remarkable comeback win over the United States in September.

Poulter's 4-0 performance for the week continued his superb record in the teams event.

His form wave has continued with a win in the recent WGC-HSBC Champions event in China, his most recent event.

But Poulter, who finished top 10 in three of this year's four majors, said while winning a major was a burning ambition, even the biggest individual events failed to fire him up like representing Europe.

"You don't get the intensity at a major like you do at the Ryder Cup," Poulter told reporters at Kingston Heath on Tuesday in the lead-up to this week's Masters.

"You can't recreate what it means in a Ryder Cup into a stroke play event.

"I don't know what the percentage levels are.

"But to give you an example, I probably had five per cent adrenaline going through my body - compared to the 100 per cent that I had at the Ryder Cup - two weeks ago at the WGC event.

"I just don't know how I can recreate that level of intensity and that kind of focus level in a major ... there isn't that intensity there but I'll try to find it."

Poulter said it was not so much the raucous partisan crowds and matchplay format that separated the Ryder Cup from individual events as the feeling of carrying the hopes of millions.

"You don't want to let anybody down, it's that's simple," he said.