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Ian Poulter wants future Ryder Cup captaincy
He’s been called a hero, a maverick and a few other terms which can’t be printed here, but whichever side you come down on when it comes to Ian Poulter, few could honestly say they wouldn’t find it interesting to see him one day lead Europe at the Ryder Cup.
The Englishman said he would “love” to be Ryder Cup captain “one day” but still hopes it will be a while before that happens, first wanting to achieve as much as he can as a full-time golfer.
Some moments are forever seared into the mind, and the magic which the 38-year-old showed at Medinah in 2012 skyrocketed the polarising Titleist man to fame.
However, would Poulter’s brash and often sharply honest attitude make for a good Europe captain? Poulter certainly thinks so.
"If I was ever asked to be captain, then, yes, I'd love to be a captain of a Ryder Cup team," he told BBC Sport. "Hopefully, I've got another 10 years in me before I ever get asked."
Poulter played his part in the European team that retained the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September, playing under Paul McGinley. And Poulter, never one to shy away from sharing opinion, waded in on his thoughts about who the next Ryder Cup captain will be following strong indications the man to lead the line in two years’ time will be Darren Clarke.
"There are lots of people that could potentially be captain," Poulter said. "When you look at the next one in Hazeltine in America, it's very much looking like Darren Clarke will be running as a strong favourite.
"He has got a great relationship with the players and he would be a very worthy captain."
Despite Poulter playing well at Gleneagles this year, his season has been nothing short of disappointing, a fact he is quick to acknowledge. He also said that he’s feeling "very excited for what's coming in 2015".
"Battling with three injuries was difficult to take as I have never had that many," said the world number 26.
"To get those in succession, spread out over the season, hindered my performance, but at The Open I managed to start the rehab process properly and the last month has been quite exciting."
Popularity is one thing for Poulter, but as of yet he remains an outcast when talks turns to winning majors, despite his second placed finish at the 2008 Open giving him some hope of one day reaching that goal.
"When you look at Tom Watson nearly winning the Open championship at the age of 60 a few years back, then I've got plenty of years left in me yet to try and achieve that great goal," he said.
And, like most other golfers, Poulter is readying himself for a run in the Olympic Games when they come to Rio in 2016 – with eyes on getting a gold.
"If I play well in this next two-year period, then certainly I can go on and make the Olympics to try to compete for gold," he said.
Poulter was also asked about the relationship he has with Tiger Woods after claims the two did not get along, although Poulter was quick to play down any conflict.
"There is no fractious relationship," he said. "There were a couple of comments which potentially got taken out of context, but there is no personal problem between me and Tiger Woods.
"I get on with him fine. I don't socialise with him, but I don't think many other players do either. He is his own guy, he's very quiet, keeps himself to himself, but we don't have any issues.
"I'm not sure he will get back to his best, but his best is not required to win golf tournaments," Poulter added.
"He just needs that little sparkle in his eye and he's a tough guy to beat."