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Poulter hoping not to make France his last

26 Sep 18

Ian Poulter

PGA Member Ian Poluter insists he is aiming to represent Europe in the Ryder Cup beyond France.

The Englishman returns to playing duty for Europe in Paris this week and is determined not to make it his last playing appearance.

Poulter made is debut in the 2004 European victory and while he then missed out in 2006, he claimed the most points for either team in a losing effort at Valhalla in 2008.

He played an important role in 2010 but it was the Miracle at Medinah in 2012 where he entered Ryder Cup folklore, making five birdies in a row on Saturday night to help claim a key point and shift the momentum in Europe's favour.

After being part of a third consecutive winning team in 2014, he did not play in 2016 and instead acted as a vice-captain.

After being handed a Captain's Pick by Thomas Bjørn he is now back where he is happiest, playing for Europe, and he has no intention of making this appearance his last one.

"Pretty exciting, I have to say, to be back," he said. "Obviously last time Vice Captain, this time as a player. It's been a great couple of weeks since knowing Thomas had chosen me to play.

"So I'm just kind of rekindling thoughts of all the previous times I've played and I've been pretty excited.

"I guess when you are at the low of lows, and that wasn't that long ago, there is a little voice in the back of your head that says, 'you might not get back to as good as you was'.

"It was difficult being Vice Captain last time, knowing how much I've helped the team in the past and I wanted to help the team in any way I could, so Vice Captain was a great role. 

"But I felt this time around, I really wanted to make the team. I felt if I work hard, if I refocus properly, restructure things, then I definitely could make this Ryder Cup Team, which I have, so I'm pretty proud.

"I would like to think I've got more in me, I'll say that. I mean, I really do. I think how I've played this year is hopefully the start of me kicking forward again to play in some more. I don't want to think that this is my last hurrah.

"I would like to be part of Team Europe moving forward and I would like to play some more. It's that special to be part of a playing member of a team. But if it is and I can support it in other ways, then that would be great as well."

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