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Poulter promises to repay faith shown by McGinley

ESPN staff
September 4, 2014
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Ian Poulter has declared to "stand and deliver" at the Ryder Cup as he looks to end a disappointing year on a high.

It came as a surprise to no one when Poulter was selected as one of European captain Paul McGinley's three wildcard picks, having won 11 of his last 12 Ryder Cup matches - including all four at Medinah last year.

And the fiery Englishman has vowed to repay the faith shown in him.

Poulter not up for Wales Open 'slog'

The man they call 'Mr Ryder Cup' © Getty Images
  • Ian Poulter has opted not to copy Lee Westwood by seeking a late entry into the Wales Open, which takes place the week before the Ryder Cup.
  • "Paul [McGinley] asked about whether playing Celtic Manor like Lee might be a good idea," Poulter said. "But I'm worried the weather might be bad, that it might turn into a slog and if that happened it wouldn't do me any good in terms of preparation.
  • "I've played a lot of golf recently and I feel I can get more done in the gym and by practising at home. I know how to prepare for a Ryder Cup and get it right. I've been there a few times now and my record in terms of turning up ready to play my best golf and go out there as often as the captain wants me to stacks up pretty well.
  • "I told Paul and he said he has faith in me to get it right and turn up on the first tee ready to play my heart out."

"I'll really ramp it up over these next three weeks, because everyone knows how much the Ryder Cup means to me," Poulter said.

"There's nothing like it as far as I'm concerned, nothing that comes close to getting the passion and the juices flowing like that week.

"That's why I tend to play exceptionally well with a European badge on my chest."

Poulter has now been a wildcard for three Ryder Cups, having previously been picked Jose Maria Olazabal two years ago and Nick Faldo in 2008 - a decision that caused some controversy at the time before Poulter went on to be the only shining light in Europe's most recent defeat in the biennial tournament.

"There is more pressure when you get picked rather than play your way onto the team but, let's be honest, nobody could ever put me under more pressure than I put on myself," Poulter added.

"I wanted to make the team on merit, but now that I've been given a wildcard it means I'll have to try to find that little bit extra to show Paul was right to pick me.

"When I got picked in 2008, there was far more outside pressure because people were questioning whether I deserved a place on the team, and that hasn't happened this time.

"But I just told myself I had to stand and deliver. And I've got to the same thing for Paul this time. I know I can handle it, and I want to play my part in another European win."

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