SHEBOYGAN, Wis. — Europe has received 4 of 5 and 9 of the previous 12 Ryder Cups, however the Individuals, with eight of the highest 10 gamers on this planet on their roster, are 2-1 favorites to win at Whistling Straits this week, in accordance with Caesars Sportsbook.
England’s Ian Poulter, a giant purpose for Europe’s success over the previous decade, would not have it another approach.
“I suppose [winning on American soil] is much more tough, and it does not occur that always, regardless that we have had the higher hand,” Poulter mentioned. “I suppose it is simply extra gratifying. Course setup is clearly this week closely weighted [to] the U.S., versus how we set issues up again in Europe, so I suppose all the things is stacked in opposition to us.
“When you have got that, when you possibly can go in as underdogs, when you possibly can flip the tide and really come out victorious, it means just a little bit extra.”
Poulter, 45, has been one of the vital profitable gamers within the Ryder Cup over the previous decade, with 15 factors in 22 matches. He has a profession document of 14-6-2 and has by no means misplaced a single match. His skill to earn factors has earned him the moniker “The Postman” from European followers as a result of, properly, he at all times delivers.
“I hate shedding,” Poulter mentioned. “Once you play match play, you understand what it’s a must to do while you tee up on the primary gap. You may management a match. You may dictate a match. You may play sure photographs to attempt to put your opponent below stress.
“You may’t do this in stroke play actually until it comes all the way down to the again 9 and also you’re really away from the remainder of the sphere. It is only a enjoyable sport of chess, to be sincere, to take pleasure in what which means, that you simply’re below stress proper from the get-go. It simply does not occur in stroke play. It is type of such as you plod your approach into the event, nevertheless it’s again 9 Sunday mentality each single time you tee it up.”
This might be Poulter’s seventh look on the Ryder Cup — and the fifth time he was chosen with a captain’s decide. His alternative was criticized by some golf followers in England, who thought 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose was extra worthy.
However it’s laborious to argue with captain Padraig Harrington’s choice. Poulter has been on the profitable facet 5 occasions in his earlier six Ryder Cup appearances — and has needled loads of American gamers and followers with confidence and emotion alongside the way in which.
“I am positive I’ve irritated loads,” Poulter mentioned. “I imply, my proportion has been very nice, for me, and never for the blokes I’ve performed in opposition to, so I am positive that is been fairly irritating to be on the receiving finish of that.”
This is perhaps the final time Poulter performs in a Ryder Cup, not less than on American soil. If he does not make the Ryder Cup as a participant in Rome in 2023, he might function an assistant captain after which lead the European group at Bethpage in 2025.
Both approach, Poulter goes to take pleasure in attempting to take down the Individuals yet one more time on their dwelling soil.
“It feels good,” Poulter mentioned. “I take pleasure in holing putts and profitable matches. It has been a fantastic experience. I am by no means going to apologize for it. It is how match play ought to be performed.”