Ian Poulter’s love affair with the Ryder Cup may be over.
The outspoken Englishman said on Tuesday that there was no guarantee he would play for Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup in Rome.
“I would love to qualify,” the LIV golfer told reporters ahead of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
“I really don’t expect to get one of the six (captain) picks. Not in any way, shape or form. And that’s a shame.”
Poulter has played in seven Ryder Cups in his career, helping Europe win five. He has a 15-8-2 overall record in the tournament, including 6-0-1 in singles.
But his status for this year’s tournament is in jeopardy as he remains loyal to the Saudi-backed LIV Tour. The DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) tried to ban LIV players from competing in its events last summer, but Poulter and others won a temporary stay on that decision.
A European court case is scheduled for next month to decide whether DP World Tour can expel LIV members. If they can, it will put the likes of Poulter and Spain’s Sergio Garcia out of the European Ryder Cup team competition.
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson has been stripped of his 2023 European captaincy by accepting a deal to join LIV Golf. He was replaced by England’s Luke Donald, who did not respond to “speculation” about whether he would add the LIV player to the squad.
Poulter made a mistake last week on the official Ryder Cup Twitter account, saying he did not know his 47th birthday or Garcia’s 43rd birthday.
In that decision, Poulter said Tuesday, “it was fighting small against small.”
“I’ve said a lot of stupid things over time,” Poulter said. Yes and no. What I did was highlight a fact. There was no other reason.”