2012 European Ryder Cup Team: Strong Day for Ian Poulter Keeps Team in the Hunt

Steven GerwelFeatured Columnist IVSeptember 30, 2012

MEDINAH, IL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Ian Poulter of Europe plays his third shot to the 10th hole during day two of the Afternoon Four-Ball Matches for The 39th Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club on September 29, 2012 in Medinah, Illinois.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Despite winning four of the last five Ryder Cup tournaments, the Europeans are in danger of losing the 2012 tournament. 

USA leads 10-6 and will be looking for their first Ryder Cup win since 2008, which is beginning to look like a strong possibility. 

The USA initially took the lead when it went up 5-3 during the afternoon foursome event on Friday, and it was able to expand that lead during Saturday morning's foursomes after going up 8-4. 

The two teams split the fourball event on Saturday afternoon, and the score is currently sitting at 10-6, giving USA a comfortable lead. However, no lead is too safe and Europe will do everything in its power to shrink the USA's lead during today's singles round. 

One particular member of Team Europe certainly forced the USA to lose some sleep last night, as his play could eventually prove to be a nightmare for the USA. 

Of course, this refers to Ian Poulter, who has helped produce three of Europe's six points, despite missing Friday's afternoon session. 

Poulter and Justin Rose took down Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods during the Friday morning foursomes. 

During the Saturday morning foursomes, Poulter was again partnered with Rose as they took down Bubba Watson and Webb Simpson. In the afternoon, Poulter partnered with Rory McIllroy, and the two were able to take down Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson during the fourball event. 

So far, Poulter has picked up all three possible points, as he has yet to lose. 

If the Europeans want to pickup a major upset victory of the USA, Poulter will once again be depended on. 

During today's singles, Poulter will go against Webb Simpson, who Poulter was already able to outplay during the Saturday morning foursomes. The beauty of the event, though, is that the teammates will have to carry their own weight as well. 

Poulter will look for a big day, but an upset will only come as the result of a total team effort.