Paul McGinley, the captain of the European Ryder Cup team has fired a warning aimed at Ian Poulter stating that his slot in the team for next year’s event at the Gleneagles is still not guaranteed, in spite of comparing his heroics in the previous edition of the event to Liverpool’s come from behind win against AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League.
Poulter was the star of the show last year when he famously sunk five birdies in a row in what has since been described as the Miracle of Medinah as he teamed up with Rory McIlroy to defeat the American pairing of Jason Duffner and Zach Johnson on the final Saturday afternoon.
The 37 year old, however, has needed wildcard entries to make the team on two occasions and according to McGinley, Henrik Stenson, the FedEx Cup winner is the one golfer who can consider his place almost a certainty. Stenson already has 80% of the points he needs to qualify for the team.
McGinley was speaking to journalists at an event ahead of the year long countdown to the 40th edition of the Ryder Cup and according to the skipper; Ian Poulter is a special golfer and what he did for the team last year was incredible to say the least.
He further stated that it was a monumental achievement on part of the Englishman and it was easily one of the greatest moments he ever witnessed in all his years as a professional. McGinley also stated that Ian Poulter almost singlehandedly pulled the team to within touching distance of a famous victory before adding that he would certainly put that on par with Liverpool’s miraculous victory in the UEFA Champions League in 2005 when they came from 0-3 down to win the match on penalties.