No backing down from Poulter

2014-09-25 13:55
Ian Poulter (File)

Gleneagles - Ian Poulter's Ryder Cup celebrations are not to everyone's liking, but Europe's cheerleader says he has no intention of toning them down.

Poulter went down in the Ryder's Cup history books two years ago at Medinah when he almost single-handedly turned the tide against the Americans by birdieing the last five holes of his Saturday afternoon foursomes with Rory McIlroy.

That gave the pair an unlikely 1-up win over Zach Johnson and Jason Dufner, making the match score going into the final day singles a tough, but doable, 10-6 as opposed to a near-impossible 11-5.

Europe carried the day by winning eight of the 12 singles and Poulter's fist-pumping, eye-goggling celebrations made the headlines.

Asked if he would scale down his reactions following comments from Jim Furyk that they were at times over the top, Poulter said he had no regrets.

"Well, I guess in the time that I've witnessed watching Ryder Cups, I've seen everybody fist pump," he said.

"Obviously everybody fist pumps differently, but there's always a lot of emotion to come out.

"I don't think I've fist pumped any different from 2004 to what I have in 2012. I've seen the highlights and they are exactly the same.

"So everybody's got their own DNA and everybody fist pumps in their own way. It's not disrespectful in any way, shape or form.

"I feel that I've done it in a way that is natural to me, and I've been very respectful of that."

Poulter's heroics at Medinah were just the latest episode in his love affair with the Ryder Cup, which began at Oakland Hills in 2004.

He has been Europe's leading points scorer in the last three Ryder Cups and he has won his last six Ryder Cup matches dating back to the opening fourballs in 2010.

His overall record of 12 wins and just three losses in 15 games already assures him of being regarded as one of the all-time greats and, at 38, he could have a few more to come.

The only doubt would concern his inability to produce his matchplay prowess in the usual strokeplay format used on the tours.

This is the third straight time that he has needed a captain's pick to make the team, having failed to qualify automatically through the Ryder Cup points table

"Quite clearly, my record in the Ryder Cup is exceptional, and my stroke play record, isn't. So quite clearly I've struggled to take what I have in Ryder Cup and put that out for 103 other weeks in between them," he said.

"Just still trying to fathom out a way to internally psych myself up the way I do in Ryder Cups to bring that out of me week-in, week-out."

Poulter is set to renew his partnership with fellow Englishman Justin Rose, the two having played together five times and won four.

Rose, the 2013 US Open champion, believes that current form goes out the window when it comes to the Ryder Cup.

"He (Poulter) is playing well, he really is. I know people say he hasn't had a great season, but he's sort of on the verge of playing very, very well," he said.

"He just needs a spark, and the spark could well be The Ryder Cup obviously this week. He's playing good, clean golf in practice."

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