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Poulter is so proud after team triumph

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 02, 2012

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Team success in the Ryder Cup and individual glory in golf's major championships are not mutually exclusive, as the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Jose Maria Olazabal, Bernhard Langer, Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam proved on many occasions.

If Ian Poulter has to settle for just one of those things in his career, then being known as one of the greatest players in Ryder Cup history, the catalyst for the 'Miracle at Medinah', is just fine by him.

Poulter won all four of his matches in Europe's 14½-13½ win over the United States in Chicago, improving his overall record to an amazing 12 wins and just three defeats, including the momentum-changing victory with Rory McIlroy in Saturday afternoon's fourball session.

So far, the 36-year-old Englishman has been unable to translate the sort of golf which saw him close out that match with five straight birdies into a major title, but, even if his biggest triumphs come in team events rather than individual ones, Poulter could not care less.

"These may be my majors, and that's fine," Poulter said after Europe came back from 10-6 down to equal the largest last-day comeback in the event's history by winning eight of Sunday's 12 singles.

"I have more pride and passion in winning the Ryder Cup than winning a major," he added. "I would love to win one, win them all, don't get me wrong, but, if I don't win another golf tournament, Sunday is going to go down as the highlight of my career.

"We created history. It was looking like it was going to be humiliating – and we turned it round to be the best Ryder Cup in history."

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