Ian Poulter relishes the challenge of the Ryder Cup more than any golf tournament, including the major championships. And he left little doubt Wednesday how badly he wants to win.
''We are all good friends, both sides of the pond,'' Poulter said. ''But there's something about Ryder Cup which kind of intrigues me, how you can be great mates with somebody. But, boy, do you want to kill them in Ryder Cup. It's great. I mean, it's passion like I've never seen before. I love it. I love that chance to be able to go out there and beat one of your mates.''
This is the fourth Ryder Cup for Poulter, who has an 8-3-0 record. Two of those losses were to Tiger Woods.
Poulter dismisses the idea that Rory McIlroy is a marked man at Medinah because he is No. 1 in the world and a two-time major champion. The Englishman believes all 12 players on the European team have a bulls-eye on the back of their uniforms.
The difference is Poulter is only too happy to show off the target. The louder it gets...