Ian Poulter shares Ryder Cup advice to Shane Lowry and Team Europe rookies 1 month ago

Ian Poulter shares Ryder Cup advice to Shane Lowry and Team Europe rookies

Wise words from 'The Postman'.

In recent Ryder Cup history, Ian Poulter has been the one to deliver some of the biggest blows to Team USA.

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The English golfer may not have a Major title on his CV but if there was an individual trophy for sticking it to some of America's finest, he would have a cabinet full of them.

After making it onto Padraig Harrington's European team for their encounter against Team USA, at Whistling Straits, next weekend, Poulter was asked if he had some advice for the three rookies he'll be battling with - Shane Lowry, Viktor Hovland and Bernd Wiesberger.

"Embrace every piece of it," he declared.

"When you look at Viktor, he is Top 10 in the world. He plays mainly on U.S. soil, but what he brings to the team is a lot of firepower. He will bring passion. Somebody that at such a young age has done an incredible job.

"Bernd Wiesberger has been close to the team a number of times but look at what he's done in the last few months to push his way on the team. He nearly won in Switzerland a couple weeks ago. Obviously he'd have been disappointed to have finished way he did, but to play the way he played this week, under the pressure he was under, shows what mettle he's got.

"And obviously Shane, Open Championship winner, World Golf Championship winner, somebody who gets on amazing with everybody on the team, all of the guys bringing a lot and they add a lot of value to this team."

"I think Paddy is in a great position," Poulter added, "in that he's got lots of options in foursomes and fourballs, and it's a good, solid team."

Ian Poulter celebrating with Tommy Fleetwood after defeating the USA in 2018. (Credit: Getty Images)
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Lowry, Poulter and Sergio Garcia - another thorn is past US sides - were all selected as Captain's Picks by Harrington.

Poulter, who says all involved in the team were inspired by Europe's recent Solheim Cup win, admits there is an element of added pressure, but notes that the Americans have even more players in that boat.

"Being asked to join a team and to go out and do the job you've been asked to go and do, definitely adds a little bit of extra pressure. And it's not easy. We've had three picks this year, and obviously the U.S. Team have got six picks.

"So you know, from that aspect, three of our players are going to feel under pressure and obviously six of their players are going to feel under pressure, too. It's not easy. It's not easy to be given that opportunity.

"The player has to embrace it. He has to be comfortable with that, and he has to go out and enjoy the week at the same time. These Ryder Cup pressures can be pretty intense."

When it comes to Ryder Cups and intense pressure, Ian Poulter's motto is hook it to my veins.


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