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Bubba Watson praises promoter Ian Poulter

Bubba Watson hailed Ryder Cup opponent Ian Poulter for his work growing golf, ahead of Friday's first day at Gleneagles.

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American Watson has never won the illustrious team tournament, with Poulter a three-time winner in four appearances for Europe.

Englishman Poulter's record in the Ryder Cup precedes him, as he has been on the winning side of 12 matches while only losing three - including a perfect 4-0 record in singles matches.

And Watson said Poulter's ability to bring people to the golf course was what made him a perfect Ryder Cup player.

"We're out here just having fun and enjoying the game and trying to grow our game," Watson said.

"Poulter's growing the game by great play, obviously [Rory] McIlroy is pretty good - he's [world] number one.

"But Poulter, what he's done in the Ryder Cup ... he's grown the game and there have been some kids out there that want to do the same thing that he's done.

"The way he's come up, his background, I mean what a story that is and what a great talent that [he] is."

Watson is preparing for his third Ryder Cup appearance after featuring in losing US teams in 2010 and '12.

The two-time Masters winner, though, combined for two 5 and 4 wins with Webb Simpson two years back at Medinah, and Watson said their partnership was strong.

"In the past what has worked for us is we believe in the same things off the golf course, we try and do the same things off the golf course and so for us it's just our friendship," he said.

"It's very tough for a captain to pick, if it's because of the golf, the way they play or if it's because their personalities match pretty well.

"And that's what's happened with me and Webb, our personalities off the golf course, we try and do the same thing so we're just having fun on the golf course.

"Webb gets a little nervous so I'm just there for moral support and loosen him up a little bit."

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