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Ian Poulter fancies Ryder Cup captaincy

By Phil Casey

Ian Poulter has revealed he would "love" to captain Europe in the Ryder Cup some time in the future.

The 38-year-old has been one of the continental side's key players in recent editions of the biennial contest, most notably at Medinah in 2012 when he inspired a brilliant European comeback.

Poulter has played in the Ryder Cup five times with his fourth win coming at Gleneagles in September.

He said: "Hopefully, I've got another 10 years in me before I ever get asked.

"If I was ever asked to be captain then yes, I'd love to be a captain of a Ryder Cup team."

Europe will appoint a new captain for the next tournament at Hazeltine in 2016 and Ulsterman Darren Clarke is among the favourites for the job.

Poulter said: "There are lots of people that could potentially be the captain.

"When you look at the next one being in Hazeltine in America, it's very much looking like Darren Clarke will be running as a strong favourite.

"He has got a great relationship with the players and he would be a very worthy captain."

If selected as captain, former Open champion Clarke will attempt to secure a fourth consecutive European victory in the contest at Hazeltine in 2016.

The Dungannon manhas an excellent pedigree in the Ryder Cup having played on four winning teams before enjoying further success as assistant captain in both 2010 and 2012.

He has already received support from Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington.

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