Poulter will be the Ryder Cup wildcard for 2021 – it is like the unwritten rule of European golf

We all hope 2021 will be a better sporting year than 2020, although the year that has just gone threw up some great successes.

In 2021 we will have all sorts, the delayed Euros and of course the Ryder Cup returns.

It will, as always be a huge spectacle and after the triumph of last year Europe will go into this one, under the stewardship of Padraig Harrington, as favourites.

The players in contention through their success on their respective tours are no surprise at the current time.

Tommy Fleetwood, John Rahm and Rory McIlroy lead the European points totals, with the likes of Tyrrell Hatton and Lee Westwood further down the pecking order.

By now though, all golf fans know how this works.

In this day and age it would not be a Ryder Cup without the postman himself, Ian Poulter.

The man is etched into Ryder Cup history along with the likes of Seve Ballesteros and all the other famous names that go with this famous trophy.

The difference with Poulter is that he has had less success on tour and in the individual form of the game.

But everyone knows that when the famous trophy comes out, he performs, he always performs.

Last year he scored a vital point on the final day in the singles against Dustin Johnson to help Europe to a comfortable victory.

Look what Johnson has now gone on to do.

He is one of those players that you wouldn’t back against the world number one in a normal competition.

But put him in the Ryder Cup, and you give Poulter the edge.

I’m sure he always has the wildcard secured and his name etched on it.

Harrington will know his pedigree and know how he turns into a giant when the Ryder Cup comes around.

As I say after an awful 2020 we are looking ahead to what we hope will be as brilliant 2021.

An Ian Poulter masterclass with the postman fist pumping on every green at Whistling Straits in September is something every golf fan can look forward to.

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