Poulter: Ryder Cup edge alive and well
As the build-up to The 2012 Ryder Cup continues, Ian Poulter has questioned exactly what it is about the contest that makes players put aside transatlantic friendships for three days.
Poulter is preparing for his fourth cap in Chicago this week and expects to be just as fired up as he was on his first three appearances.
Asked if he could see a future in which the match loses its edge with many of the European side also having homes in the United States, the 36 year old Englishman answered in typically resounding fashion.
"It means too much to us for it ever to lose that edge," he said. "This event is unique. I hate to say we don't get on for three days, but there is that divide – and it's not that we don't like each other.
"We are all good friends, both sides of the pond, but there's something about The Ryder Cup which kind of intrigues me."
Poulter was also asked if Captain José María Olazábal, who is expecting the crowds to be as noisy as they were at Brookline in 1999, had spoken about toning down celebrations.
"Are you kidding me? For real?" responded the man who won four points out of five four years ago and three points out of four last time at Celtic Manor in Wales.
"You are going to tell someone not to enjoy holing a putt? That's the Ryder Cup, that's what it means. You should enjoy it. Why not give it the fist-pump and see them go bananas?
"It's like scoring a penalty in the Champions League final."
Poulter has always been outspoken and has also always lapped up the atmosphere wherever the match is being played.
"I think Chicago is a great sporting town and this is going to be a very loud week," he added. "I think everybody's ready for that.
"For me it adds to the electricity, adds to the adrenaline rush and I can't wait to be obviously part of the fun for three days.
"I just love this event more than any other in the world. I get very excited to play, I get very proud to put this shirt on and have that (Ryder Cup) crest on my chest.
"I want to give it my all, I just love it. It's going to be intimidating, but it's going to be brilliant."