Poulter the Ryder Cup demon is scary sight for his kids

Thu Sep 25, 2014 7:00am EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

GLENEAGLES Scotland (Reuters) - Ian Poulter has become the leader of the pack for Europe in recent years and says even his own kids are frightened when they see him transform into a fist-pumping, eye-popping Ryder Cup demon.

The proud Englishman now holds the torch once carried so memorably by Ryder Cup greats like Seve Ballesteros and Colin Montgomerie and his 80 percent winning record in the biennial team event is beyond compare.

It was Poulter who breathed new life into the European corpse two years ago, producing a remarkable run of five birdies in a row on Saturday to inspire his team to a one-point victory over the United States after being seemingly dead and buried at 10-4 down.

Asked by a reporter if his four young children found his performances amazing, Poulter laughed: "No, I think they are scared".

The 38-year-old says he experiences similar feelings when he watches televised flashbacks of his Ryder Cup exploits. "Yes, it's very scary," he told a giggling news conference.

"But I'm showing my emotion like Seve, like Jose Maria Olazabal, like Monty, like Ian Woosnam, like Sam Torrance, like all the guys through the years that have ever played in the Ryder Cup," said Poulter.

"I'm showing the emotion because it means so much and, however you want to show that, it just comes out naturally and that's what you've seen through the years.

"How I've performed in the last number of Ryder Cups is -- if I really have to sit back and think about it -- I'm very proud of that. I'm passionate as a team player and to be mentioned with the likes of Seve and Monty and those players is an absolute honor."   Continued...

European Ryder Cup player Ian Poulter laughs during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in Scotland September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Toby Melville