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Ian Poulter Says Ryder Cup Only Thing Keeping European Tour Alive

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Ian Poulter thinks the Ryder Cup has a bigger purpose than simply being a biennial tournament.

"It really is the one thing that's kept the European Tour together,” Poulter told reporters at a press conference for this week's Turkish Airlines Open.

Poulter, who just last week had to rush to Hong Kong to meet his playing requirements (and preserve Ryder Cup eligibility) after he dropped out of the top 50 in the OWGR, also had a few words about the number of required events on the Euro Tour. There have been talks of reducing the requirement number from 13 to 11.

Poulter, however, isn't for it.

"It's a tour that's been very proud to hold the Ryder Cup trophy for so many years and produce great world-class European players," he said. "You can’t expect the European Tour to roll over and allow all their guys to disappear.”

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Poulter apparently has a lot of confidence in the Tour’s chief executive Keith Pelley, saying that Pelley listens to the players and will ultimately make the right decision.

The English golfer remains insistent that he will be on the 2016 Ryder Cup team after his frenzied trip across the world earlier this month to preserve his eligibility for the tournament. Next year's tournament will be held at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.

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