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Ryder Cup: Ian Poulter pleased with Tom Watson 'compliment'

Ian Poulter was flattered after being described as one of Europe's main threats at the Ryder Cup by United States captain Tom Watson.

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Watson highlighted Poulter and world number one Rory McIlroy has the main dangers to the US at Gleneagles, with the Englishman boasting a fearsome Ryder Cup reputation.

Poulter has won 12 of his 15 encounters at the competition and has been on the winning side on three out of four occasions.

The 38-year-old also won all four of his matches in 2012, helping Europe recover from 10-6 down to clinch victory at Medinah, and Poulter welcomes the reputation he has forged for himself.

"[I am] extremely proud. I think how I've performed in the last number of Ryder Cups is - if I really have to sit back and think about it - I'm very proud of that," he explained on Thursday.

"I've put a lot of blue on the board for Team Europe, and I guess when you've done that, you've kept a lot of red off of their board.

"I take that as a compliment, being able to deliver for my team and help get us over the line, I'm very proud of it.

"I guess I take Tom Watson's comment as a huge compliment; to me as a player, as someone that has loved the Ryder Cup and for Tom, who is as accomplished as he is, to pay me that compliment is amazing."

Justin Rose has also tasted victory and defeat in the Ryder Cup with Europe, losing out in Valhalla six years ago before playing a key role in the 'Miracle of Medinah'.

The world number six is keen to slip under the radar this weekend, with much of the American attention seemingly falling on McIlroy and Poulter.

He explained: "It could well help me. I haven't thought about it, so therefore, does that help me?

"Yeah, it probably frees up my mind to focus on the task and the job at hand. I think the fact that Rory and Poulter are targeted might help them, too.

"That's the way we are hoping it will play out, anyway."

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