The Ryder Cup – Poulter can’t wait

Ian Poulter insists that Europe will justifiably start favourites to regain the Ryder Cup from America this week.

Ian Poulter insists Europe will justifiably start as favourites to regain the Ryder Cup from America at Celtic Manor this week.

The Englishman will be making his third appearance in the biennial match this week and was Europe’s star performer in the defeat at Valhalla two years ago.

This time around Colin Montgomerie’s men will start as clear favourites with the bookmakers to emerge triumphant

When asked whether they deserved that tag, Poulter told Sky Sports News: “For sure, I think so. I think the side is very, very strong. We’re on home soil and we need to get out there and get after it.”

Having had to rely on a controversial wildcard pick from Nick Faldo in 2008, Poulter qualified for Montgomerie’s team by right this time.

That was largely due to his win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship back in February and the 34-year-old admits he has been looking forward to the showdown with America ever since that victory.

“I’ve been excited since February,” he continued. “I can’t wait; it’s going to be an awesome week.

“The place looks absolutely fantastic. It’s been a while since I’ve been at Celtic Manor and they have, from what I’ve seen, done an incredible job to put this show on.”

When asked what makes the Ryder Cup so special, Poulter replied: “That bit of extra passion, a bit of extra electricity and plenty of history.

“There’s nothing else like the Ryder Cup. The majors dont come close

“We’re out here playing for Europe and that means everything. In a major you’re just playing for yourself, so there’s lots of added weight on your shoulders this week.”