Poul­ter com­ing to terms with new role

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Ian Poul­ter will take on a new chal­lenge at Hazel­tine and em­brace a more diplo­matic role when hos­til­i­ties between the US and Europe are re­newed at the Ryder Cup this week­end. Known for his fist-pump­ing and abil­ity to get the crowd be­hind his team, this time round the English­man will be on the side­lines in his role as vice-cap­tain. “It will be a dif­fer­ent ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Poul­ter. “It will be in­ter­est­ing to have the per­spec­tive of look­ing at it from the out­side. “It will be a new chal­lenge. “I don’t know how much I am go­ing to work the crowd. I have al­ways had a very loud fol­low­ing but I have to be re­spect­ful to the play­ers that are play­ing. I don’t want to cause a dis­trac­tion. “If guys are hol­ing putts, I am go­ing to feel ex­cited for them and I am sure the emo­tions will come out. I am not go­ing to try to get un­der the skins of the US play­ers. That is cer­tainly not part of the game.” The 40-year-old, who has played in five Ryder Cups and tri­umphed on four of those oc­ca­sions, added: “Of course, I would like to be out there play­ing but there is some­thing about just be­ing there and be­ing able to help, which is quite re­ward­ing in a way. “That is where the un­selfish­ness of Team Europe comes in. That is what we stand for.”

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