Ian Poulter, already bouyed by the home support (Getty Images)
Poulter relishing home experience
Ian Poulter will be making his third Ryder Cup appearance this week and after twice playing on US soil is now relishing the opportunity to experience a home match with the crowd behind him.
By Johanna Scammell
And he was not disappointed on the first practice day, when 30,000 spectators descended on The Twenty Ten course.
“Getting out there this morning was great to see a lot of people out on the golf course early,” he said. “There's a lot of blue on the golf course, and that's great for us.
“And it's going to build very quickly. There's going to be more and more. The excitement is going to be great. Electricity is going to be huge, and hopefully I can give them some electricity back. That's what I hope this Ryder Cup Team can do. I'm sure we can. And if we can help give them some extra excitement, they can give us electricity back.”
European Captain Colin Montgomerie is clearly delighted to have Poulter on his side and the passion he brings to the team.
“Ian Poulter has to be the most confident golfer in the world. We have a number of players that you can say that for. And because of that, we look forward to the competition starting on Friday”, Montgomerie said.
Watching The Ryder Cup at The Belfry in 1993, Poulter dreamt of being part of the team, and now as he looks ahead to his third appearance, he believes passion for the game is the most important.
“I have a burning passion inside to go out there and to beat the USA team,” explained Poulter. “It's as simple as that. I got excited to dream about playing The Ryder Cup back at The Belfry when I first went when I was 17. And you know, to hear the roars; like when Nick made a hole in one, and I felt back then, I would love to be the other side of ropes with The Ryder Cup team taking on the USA.
“It's a dream for many people, and to be able to do that and to go out there and do it passionately, it means an awful lot.”
He stressed that the camaraderie between both teams adds to the excitement of the game and heightens the competition.
“I think because we play so much golf together, we all get on a lot better. But I think, if anything, that’s going to intensify things”, Poulter said.
After playing his first practice round with Padraig Harrington, Ross Fisher and Luke Donald, Poulter was impressed with the quality of the course, adding that the fairways were generous and the greens were quick enough to ensure a fair match.
“It’s in incredible condition. It’s difficult but I think it sets up very well. So, it’s going to be a good match-play week”, Poulter added.