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Ian Poulter hardly needs any extra motivation when it comes to the Ryder Cup but if the European talisman is looking for some, he need look no further than comments made about him by Brandel Chamblee.

Speaking after Poulter was named to play alongside Rory McIlroy in the anchor match of the Friday morning foursomes, Golf Channel analyst Chamblee admitted to being surprised by the Englishman’s inclusion in the opening session.

“Pairing up Rory McIlroy with Ian Poulter, that’s a gamble,” he said. “Maybe it pays off. But this is not the same Ian Poulter from 2012 that blitzed the US in that fourth session. This is a guy who has only played sparingly over the last couple of Ryder Cups and wasn’t even playing for Europe in 2016. And of the 24 players here, he is the worst ball-striker – by a lot.

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“This is a beefed up golf course. Now, he’s a fabulous putter. We know he can stun. But that’s a bit of a surprise.”

Chamblee also questioned Sergio Garcia’s putting as he prepares to partner Jon Rahm in the opening match of the session.

Needless to say, Chamblee’s remarks – broadcast in the UK on Sky Sports Golf – didn’t go down well with supporters of the ‘blue and yellow’.

Here’s a selection of the responses…

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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