Ian Poulter says Michael Jordan tried — and failed — to psych him out at 2012 Ryder Cup

Former Chicago Bulls superstar Michael Jordan at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.
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Ian Poulter made his debut hosting a show on SiriusXM and included an amusing tale from the Ryder Cup involving Michael Jordan.

Poulter said the Chicago Bulls great, a presence at the Ryder Cup the last several years, was watching what turned out to be the pivotal match Saturday afternoon when he and McIlroy defeated Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson. Poulter birdied his last five holes that match.

"I remember walking off the tee box at 13, looking over and he kind of wagged his — I don't know if you can call it a finger, it looked like an arm — this big finger comes up and he was wagging it at me, pulling a face as if to say, 'We've got you,'" Poulter said on the show two weeks ago.

McIlroy made a big birdie on the 13th to start the comeback — Europe was 2-down through 12 in the match. Poulter took it from there. He recalled seeing Jordan again on the 15th, staring at him.

"I'm a little golfer, Ian Poulter, playing golf in the Ryder Cup, and there's legend basketball player Michael Jordan psyching me out in the Ryder Cup," he said. "And you know what? I said, 'I'm gonna hole this putt.' He'd done that for so many years on a basketball court. He hit the shot time and time again. I said to myself, 'I'm not going to allow him to get in my space.'

"He was playing his basketball game and … it was my court, and he's not playing ball."