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“To hear the roar … I felt back then, I would love to be on the other side of the ropes with the Ryder Cup team taking on the USA. To be able to do that, to go out there and do it passionately,” he said, “means an awful lot.”

Europe has won or held onto the cup five of the last seven meetings. For many of those, the most serious disagreements have been over the grooves on some players’ irons and the slights have been limited to wine stains on the autographed menus the teams exchanged at dinners.

Poulter’s two previous appearance with the Euros came on foreign soil. His wardrobe may be muted and freedom of expression limited, but have no doubts that if the locals celebrate something _ anything _ Poulter will be in the thick of things.

“There’s a lot of blue on the golf course,” he reported back after a morning practice session,” and that’s great for us.

“There’s going to be more and more. The excitement is going to be great. The electricity is going to be huge and, hopefully,” he added, “I can give them some electricity back.”


Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)