Poulter accepts Olazabal's decision to rest him for Friday afternoon's fourballs
Last Updated: 29/09/12 12:46am
Ian Poulter: continued fine Ryder Cup record
Ian Poulter insisted he understood Jose Maria Olazabal's decision to leave him out of the first-day fourballs despite claiming his ninth win in 12 matches in the opening session.
Poulter partnered Justin Rose to a 2&1 victory over Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker in the morning foursomes, but it was Rose who got the nod to play in the afternoon alongside Martin Kaymer.
"It's not disappointing," Poulter said. "Well, I would love to have played five matches, but I realise that we are a team. That team is very, very, very strong this year, and Ollie really wanted to get everybody playing on Friday.
Poulter and Rose prevail
"So four guys have got to change from the morning round, and that's obviously going to be difficult. Ollie said to me that he would like to keep me fresh going through Saturday, Sunday. I found out Thursday afternoon."
The morning win was Poulter's first over Woods in three clashes, and he added: "I was delighted to finish that match off.
"Tiger has been two of my three defeats in this Ryder Cup format and Justin and I were pretty pumped to get out there and kind of get that point on the board."
Woods was clearly out of sorts as he sprayed his tee shots to various parts of Medinah, but US skipper Davis Love kept faith with the pairing for the afternoon fourballs.
"Tiger's the guy they get out there to fire them up," Poulter said. "He didn't quite fire them up this morning, but you never know.
"When Tiger is on he's on and he's very impressive, but when he's not, he's not. It's a brave captain to leave him out.
"Tiger is Tiger, and Tiger is going to want to go out and play five matches. He knows if it clicks at any moment out there on the first few holes, he finds his form, then he's going to be a very tough man to beat."