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IAN POUL­TER has re­vealed how the Euro­pean team kept their egos in check in pur­suit of team glory in the Ry­der Cup.

Poul­ter has been a tal­is­manic fig­ure in the contest, earn­ing the nick­name of “The Post­man” be­cause he al­ways de­liv­ers a point for his side.

The 38-year-old was given a wild card by Euro­pean cap­tain Paul McGin­ley and ex­pected to fea­ture promi­nently once more after win­ning 11 of his pre­vi­ous 12 matches, but played just twice be­fore the sin­gles.

“There are no egos that week, it’s about hold­ing that Ry­der Cup trophy,” Poul­ter said. “Every­body in this team would have wanted to play five times.

“You’re a player, you want to be on the golf course, you don’t want to be rested. But we knew what we had to do and we knew we had a strong enough team to be able to win that trophy.

“It’s about win­ning the Ry­der Cup, not per­sonal records.

“Yes, every­body wants to play. But the mas­ter­plan was to play every­body on the first day, keep play­ers as fresh as pos­si­ble, only fa­tigue a cou­ple of play­ers but those play­ers could take it and there­fore we would come out vic­tors at the end of the week.”

The dis­cus­sion over who will follow in McGin­ley’s foot­steps has al­ready be­gun, with Lee West­wood adding his voice to those back­ing Dar­ren Clarke to be cap­tain at Hazel­tine in 2016.

World No.1 Rory McIlroy has al­ready backed Clarke and the for­mer Open cham­pion’s friend West­wood agrees.

“It’s about the right time in Dar­ren’s ca­reer to take up the cap­taincy,” West­wood said.

“He is very popular in the United States and I think he would make a good cap­tain.”

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