Ian Poulter has responded to Jon Rahm’s support for his fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia after he admitted he will miss the Ryder Cup legend this September in Rome.
Poulter claims that Rahm is ‘the only person who gets it’ with the ongoing politics between the DP World Tour and LIV Golf set to leave Europe without LIV golfers in Marco Simone.
“it’s just golf.. politics aside it’s just golf,” Poulter wrote on Twitter in reply to a video of Rahm speaking ahead of the Memorial Tournament.
Speaking ahead of the Jack Nicklaus hosted event in Muirfield Village the masters champion expressed how he would miss Garcia this year but instead that the European team would still compete with the best 12 players available.
Garcia said last week that Team Europe captain Luke Donald essentially told him he had no chance of making the team this year and Rahm admitted on Tuesday that he finds it difficult to comprehend that the Ryder Cup record points scorer won’t be available for selection.
“I’m going to mention history again one more time. A Spanish duo in the Ryder Cup I think to me is embedded into the roots of the Ryder Cup. Look with Seve and Ollie were able to do throughout their partnership, right. So it’s a little sad to me that politics have gotten in the way of such a beautiful event.
“It’s the best Europeans against the best Americans, period. And whatever is going on, who is playing LIV and who is not playing LIV to me shouldn’t matter. It’s whoever is best suited to represent the European side.
“And I have a hard time to believe that the best player Europe has ever had, the most successful player Europe has had on the Ryder Cup isn’t fit to be on the team.”