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Ian Poulter: I will make the Ryder Cup team

Ian Poulter has declared he will be at Hazeltine as part of Europe's Ryder Cup team -- but the ever-confident Englishman's first battle is to qualify for next week's WGC Cadillac Championship.

Poulter has qualified for the last 41 World Golf Championship events dating back to 2004 and needs a top-seven finish at the Honda Classic, where he trails leader Sergio Garcia by six after an opening-round 71, to continue that streak.

The required finish this week will see Poulter move back into the world's top 50 -- he is currently 59th -- and in a strong position to earn big Ryder Cup points ahead of Europe and the U.S. locking horns in September.

With an enviable record in the five Ryder Cups in which he has played, many would have Poulter as an almost certainty to earn one of captain Darren Clarke's wildcard selections -- but he has no interest in relying on that route in.

"I will make the team," Poulter told reporters at the Honda Classic.

"I'll make it my duty to play well enough to make the team. We're not at the stage of picks. I'm adamant to say that I will make this team."

If Poulter is to finish in the top-seven at the Honda Classic, he must rid his mind of his capitulation in the same event last year, where he went into the final round three shots clear before carding a 74 to finish one behind Padraig Harrington.

"It pisses me off because I should have won," said Poulter, the only Englishman to win two WGC events. "Barring a complete and utter debacle on three holes of that final round, things may have been different. Ifs and buts don't add up to tournament wins."