McGinley says Ian Poulter must earn his stripes

The Miracle Man of Medinah Ian Poulter has been warned that his heroics of last year in the Ryder Cup do not guarantee him a free pass to get into the European team for the next year when the tournament tees off at Gleneagles.

It was believed that Poulter was guaranteed a place in the European team after his extraordinary birdie spree on the Saturday morning in Chicago lifted the European team from the dust where it had been lying bleeding throughout the week before setting up the drama on the final day which saw the American team beaten again.

But Paul McGinley, the captain for the European Ryder Cup team stated clearly that the Englishman will have to prove his worth to the team once again in tournament golf if he is to make the team for the event at Gleneagles next year.

He stated that he can assure everyone that if Ian Poulter goes on to have a very poor season next year, he won’t be a part of the team. He went on to add that he would love to have the 37 year old Englishman in the team but he will have to earn his stripes just like everyone else.

McGinley also mentioned that what Poulter has achieved in the past has been incredible and even compared his Miracle of Medinah to Liverpool’s 2005 UEFA Champions League triumph against AC Milan but he is adamant that Poulter has to do it all over again and prove to him that he is both physically and mentally ready to take on the challenge once again.

It is almost inconceivable that Ian Poulter will not be in the team after his performance last year and McGinley stated there is no one at this moment who is guaranteed a place in the team.