Some years ago, England's Paul Casey suffered a bunch of unwarranted grief with published comments that he learned to “properly hate” Americans during the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills.

Casey meant the statement in rivalry terms – think of the way Seminoles hate Gators, or Bears hate Packers. But the blowback was such that he briefly underwent counseling to learn how to deal with his own set of haters.

That said, we'll see whether Ian Poulter catches any flak from the way he characterized the rivalry at Medinah CC.

“There's something about the Ryder Cup which kind of intrigues me,” Poulter said, “how you can be great mates with sombody – but, boy, do you want to kill them in the Ryder Cup. It’s great.”

The statement, as you might imagine, is getting great play on Fleet Street. A sampling of Thursday headlines…

The Guardian: “Ian Poulter ready to relish hostilities at Medinah.”

The Scottish Sun: “Ian: We'll kill Yanks.”

The Telegraph: “Ian Poulter stokes the flames …”

The Express: “Ian Poulter in Ryder Cup war cry.”

You get the point. But that's Fleet Street. And that's Poulter, a self-made talent from working class England who fuels his game with energy and passion.

Other than perhaps Sergio Garcia, the Lake Nona resident is the most demonstrative member of Europe’s roster. And as such, a top candidate to become a lightning rod for spectators at Medinah.

“The great thing about Ian is that he does remain himself – no matter what the occasion, no matter who he's with,” Rose said. “Obviously the Ryder Cup just really gets the juices flowing and brings out the best in him.”

Before his singles match two years ago in Wales, Poulter all but guaranteed he would beat Matt Kuchar in singles. “I will get my point,” he told Sky Sports.

Poulter needed just 14 holes to dispatch Kuchar in the day's most lopsided match.

“I wasn't thinking about the consequences when I said it,” Poulter said. “I said it for a simple reason – I felt that my game was good enough.

“I wanted to go out there and I really wanted to put a point on the board, and that's why I said what I did. When you sit back and look at it, of course it's going to fire the other team up. But I went out there and delivered.”

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