Euro captain Olazabal says Poulter's 'will power' to win similar to legendary Ballesteros
Team Europe captain Maria Olazabal has said Ian Poulter's will to succeed is similar to legendary golfer Seve Ballesteros, as the Englishman kick started an Team Euro's amazing revival, which eventually helped them win the Ryder Cup in one of the most dramatic ways on Sunday.
"This event brings out the best in Ian. It reminds me a bit of Seve: that intensity, that will to win the point," the Telegraph quoted Olazabal, as saying.
For Poulter, who repeatedly invoked the memory of Ballesteros as he engineered Europe's inspirational comeback from 10-4 down to a 141/2-131/2 victory at Medinah, there could be no more flattering comparison.
When pressed on Poulter's remark that Ryder Cup glory meant more to him than a major title, Olazabal replied: "He said those same words to me on Sunday. That's how much the Ryder Cup means to him."
"Clearly he would love to add a major, but if it doesn't happen he always has his memories of this event. Winning majors is difficult. At the Ryder Cup we see the best in him, for whatever reason. He encapsulates its spirit," he added.