'I will bring flair and excitement,' claims Poulter

Justin Rose has issued a warning for all those who wish to see Ian Poulter fall on the seat on his famous pants here this week. "When Ian has a point to prove," he said, "he is in the habit of going out there and proving it." It was a big statement from a young Englishman who is not normally prone to hyperbole.

Poulter, of course, has been known to – how to put this – emphasise his own qualities and, try as he may, the would-be world No 2 could not resist yesterday but list the virtues he believes he will add to Nick Faldo's team. "I think I'll bring me as a person," he said. "I'll bring flair, I'll bring excitement and I'll bring passion." He neglected to mention that he has already brought controversy, and, indeed, that he could yet bring Faldo's head on a platter should he fail to justify his selection and should Europe lose in a close one. But then, that is perhaps understandable.

It is fair to comment that very few, if any, Ryder Cup wildcard picks have raised the hackles quite like that of Ian Poulter. The story of how he did not bother travelling over from the US to the last counting tournament in Scotland when still in with a live chance of qualifying automatically is still bitterly recounted in certain locker rooms and will doubtless continue to be as the many merits of the snubbed Darren Clarke are reflected upon. Yet Poulter revealed here in a tense press conference that he has since spoken to the Ulsterman and that his words of support "did mean a lot to me".

"That's the type of guy Darren is," said the 32-year-old. "He's obviously personally very disappointed that he did not make the side. But on the other hand he's pleased for me. He told me, 'You're a very worthy member of making that side'. That was nice." Poulter also claimed that Colin Montgomerie was similarly supportive when he ran into him at a London restaurant, which is contrary to reports in one Sunday tabloid which had the pair squaring up. Said Poulter: "Monty walked past and said, 'Congratulations for making the side and all the best'. I said, 'Thank you very much'."

All very gentlemently. Still, even Poulter was hard pressed to locate any pleasantries in the outcry that greeted his call-up. In a poll at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, only one of the 32 players asked said they would have picked Poulter. He clearly doubts the legitimacy of that vote of non-confidence. "Everybody has been great to be honest," said Poulter. "I think certain people might have been pre-empted in what they said, but that's fine. I'm a big enough boy to go out and play and I'll have my role."

Nevertheless, this was not just a case of one of the strongest psyches in the game pinning back his shoulders and simply getting on with it. Poulter confessed that the days surrounding the team announcement were "very, very difficult". "I turned the phone off for a week," he said. "I was in Orlando practising and I didn't want to have to pick up my phone. You know, it meant so much to make the side and I just wanted to have a clear mind."

There will surely be only one thing on that mind (particularly as this is the one event where he does not have to worry about his wardrobe) – show the world Faldo was right to place so much value on his runner-up finish at the Open in July. Rose is certain his great friend will be up to the task. "Ian can take care of himself," he said. "I think he found that couple of weeks tough. But at the same time he's amazingly upbeat. He's come into this team believing he should be on the team, which is exactly what you want from him.

"And the fact that he's come with the mindset that he's got a point to prove is good. I could always sense that quality in him. There were times when he would say, 'Right, I'm going to go out and win in the next three weeks'. And he went out and did it."

Rose has an invested interest in this regard and not just as a fellow team-mate. Faldo has not bothered to conceal his liking for the Rose-Poulter pairing – he put them together in practice yesterday – and the duo have been similarly up front about their prospective coupling.

"Justin's excited, I'm excited," said Poulter. "We've talked about it for such a long time that we can't wait. We want to put on a good show." The reputation of Poulter and, yes, Faldo may even depend on it.

News
The surrealist comedian at the Q Awards in 2010
people
News
Russell Brand arriving for the book launch in East London
peopleRussell Brand cancels his book launch debate due to concerns about the make-up of the panel
Sport
Christiano Ronaldo enjoys his opening goal
champions leagueLiverpool 0 Real Madrid 3: Ronaldo and Benzema run Reds ragged to avenge thrashing from their last visit to Anfield
Arts and Entertainment
Awesome foursome: Sam Smith shows off his awards
music22-year-old confirms he is 2014’s breakout British music success
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Six of the 76 Goats' cheese samples contained a significant amount of sheep's cheese
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Contestants during this summer's Celebrity Big Brother grand finale
tvBroadcaster attempts to change its image following sale to American media group
Extras
indybest
Arts and Entertainment
Sir Nicholas Serota has been a feature in the Power 100 top ten since its 2002 launch
art
Arts and Entertainment
Sarah Dales attempts to sell British Breeze in the luxury scent task
tvReview: 'Apprentice' candidate on the verge of tears as they were ejected from the boardroom
News
Call me Superman: one of many unusual names chosen by Chinese students
newsChinese state TV offers advice for citizens picking a Western moniker
News
Wilko Johnson is currently on his farewell tour
people
Voices
New look: Zellweger at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
voicesRenée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity, says Amanda Hess
News
Let’s pretend: KidZania in Tokyo
educationKidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day
Life and Style
CHARGE BOOSTER: Aeroplane mode doesn't sound very exciting, but it can be a (phone) hacker's friend. Turning on the option while charging your mobile will increase the speed at which your phone battery charges
techNew book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone
Arts and Entertainment
Julianne Moore and Ellen Page are starring together in civil rights drama Freeheld
film
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker
Renée Zellweger's real crime has been to age in an industry that prizes women's youth over humanity

'Renée Zellweger's real crime was to age'

The actress's altered appearance raised eyebrows at Elle's Women in Hollywood awards on Monday
From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

Disney plans live-action remakes of animated classics

From Cinderella to The Jungle Book, Patrick Grafton-Green wonders if they can ever recapture the old magic
Thousands of teenagers to visit battlefields of the First World War in new Government scheme

Pupils to visit First World War battlefields

A new Government scheme aims to bring the the horrors of the conflict to life over the next five years
The 10 best smartphone accessories

Make the most of your mobile: 10 best smartphone accessories

Try these add-ons for everything from secret charging to making sure you never lose your keys again
Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time against Real Madrid: Was this shirt swapping the real reason?

Liverpool v Real Madrid

Mario Balotelli substituted at half-time. Was shirt swapping the real reason?
West Indies tour of India: Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Hurricane set to sweep Windies into the shadows

Decision to pull out of India tour leaves the WICB fighting for its existence with an off-field storm building
Indiana serial killer? Man arrested for murdering teenage prostitute confesses to six other murders - and police fear there could be many more

A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
Fukushima nuclear crisis: Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on - and may never return home

Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
Wildlife Photographer of the Year: Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?