Ian Poulter Hurt by Rory McIlroy’s ‘Extremely Disappointing’ Stance – Confesses Upsetting Ryder Cup Truth

Published 03/01/2024, 7:15 PM EST

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“It is the first time in my life that I have felt betrayal.” – said a disgruntled Rory McIlroy back in 2022 when talking about his feelings towards his former Ryder Cup teammates. However, come 2024, he seems to have changed his stance about the breakaway league a bit, all the while calling for Jon Rahm’s inclusion at Bethpage next year. But even so, it appears Ian Poulter is still displeased with much of what was said back then by many.

The veteran of the biennial event was recently spotted talking to Gulf News about his exclusion from the event following his defection. Meanwhile, as he did so, the Majesticks GC co-captain went ahead to confess how he no longer wanted to be involved in the prestigious tournament following the comments made by others ahead of Rome.

Ian Poulter says ‘No’ to a Ryder Cup future


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Talking to the media not too long ago, the Englishman said, “Too much happened last time, Too much was said,” before continuing, “That’s extremely disappointing from my perspective with the way certain people were treated and spoken about with reference to the Ryder Cup.” Moreover, he highlighted how displeasing it was “when certain people have committed a lot of their life to work extremely hard for that product.”

Adding on, he recalled how “they didn’t need me(sic) last time,” while referring to the tournament and comments from many of the professionals, especially McIlroy, ahead of Rome. “That’s from an everything perspective,” said the 48-year-old before going ahead to dishearteningly admit, “I’m not needed.”


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However, talking about his possible comeback to the prestigious event, Poulter mentioned how such a future was not possible with the way everything stands right now. Continuing with his response, the English golfer said, “With the current people that run that level of the organization, things would have to change for me to be involved,” as he exuded disappointment.

What pushed him to make such a choice? Well, there were a lot of people, including the likes of the 34-year-old Northern Irishman, who took up the chance to take a jab at the defectors, including the likes of Poulter, Sergio Garcia, and Henrik Stenson, among others.

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McIlroy, back in 2023, had mentioned how a lack of LIV Golf Pros would not affect the chances of the European team winning the Ryder Cup. “They are going to miss being here more than we’re missing them,” said the 4-time major champion when asked about the defectors in a press conference before the tournament.

Was that all? Not even close. Other athletes also took the chance to take a jab at the professionals from the breakaway league, as former European captains Nick Faldo and Paul McGinley expressed their opinions regarding the same. The former claimed the team had “moved on” from the defectors, while McGinley emphasized how they had “removed themselves from the Ryder Cup,” and not the other way around.


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Well, it seems Poulter has decided on his course of action when it comes to a Ryder Cup future. Nevertheless, his record of 15 wins in the 25 matches at the prestigious event will remain an iconic one.



Written by:

Allan Abe


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Allan Abe is a Senior Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. Armed with a Master’s Degree in English, he has covered many themes in golf as a beat writer, with in-depth coverage of instances of many golfers’ lives, like Bubba Watson and Adam Scott. Allan particularly excels at live coverage and a hole-to-hole analysis of events.
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Tushhita Barua