Ian Poulter eyes ‘fairytale’ Ryder Cup captaincy ahead of 2021 competition

Ryder Cup postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19

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Ian Poulter admitted it would be a ‘fairytale dream’ to captain Team Europe at the 2025 Ryder Cup, in an event he has enjoyed so much success in as a player.

Poulter has announced himself as a Ryder Cup stalwart in recent years, proving to be one of Team Europe’s most influential players in the last decade of their domination.

The 45-year-old has played five times in Europe’s blue and gold, winning four of those against the American’s, accumulating an impressive 15 points from his five appearances. Coincidentally Europe’s only defeat in the last 12 years came in 2016, when Poulter did not make the team.

After securing legendary status in recent years, the 12-time European Tour winner has now set his sights on a captaincy role, when his distinguished Ryder Cup playing career finally comes to an end.

Eyeing captaincy in 2025, Poulter said: “If I’m in the position that I’m asked in 2025, obviously I would be thrilled and honoured to be in that position, But until that time comes where my phone rings and I’m asked, it’s a fairytale dream. 

“I can only say how amazing it truly would be. It would be an honour to have served Europe as a player and be asked to be captain.”

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Despite his 2025 dreams, there is no doubt that the world No 47 will still be firmly focused on his playing duties for Team Europe, with the 2021 event just two weeks away.

It seems as if the 45-year-old will be relying on a captain’s pick to make this year’s 12-man team, as qualifying comes to an end following this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

However, the ‘Postman’s’ chances of making the side were given a huge boost ahead of play in Surrey this week, after Team Europe captain Padraig Harrington confirmed both Poulter, and fellow Ryder Cup stalwart Sergio Garcia were in ‘pole position’ for a wildcard spot.

Harrington commented: “They are very strong. These two guys have both played great this year. They are both Ryder Cup veterans that have delivered in the Ryder Cup time and time again. 

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“It would be odd to see me not pick them, but you never know what is going to happen. You can’t be sure after Sunday night until we know where we sit with things. They are certainly in pole position.”

Poulter himself also discussed his own chances of being one his captain’s three wildcard choices, saying: “I have played extremely consistently and I’m only just out of the team on points itself.

“A couple of guys are potentially in front of me and knowing that Harrington has three picks, I feel relatively confident that I’m close enough to the team to merit a pick. But it’s on Paddy.”

Despite his Ryder Cup chances more than likely to be decided through a captain’s pick, the 45-year-old still has a slim chance of making it to Whistling Straits automatically, if he is to win the flagship European Tour event at Wentworth this week.

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And, Poulter revealed that winning the tournament, and securing automatic qualification is still his main aim.

He said: “I never go into a tournament saying to myself I’m going to accept anything less than winning. I’ve always been that way. And that is my mindset.

“If I start a tournament, whether I’m in great form or poor form, I mentally tell myself I’m here to win. I’m in a position where I feel like I’ve been playing some great golf to go into the week and try to lock up my spot automatically.”

If he is to go on and claim the title come Sunday, the Englishman will have to build on his opening round level-par 72 as he heads into today’s second round.

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