MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Ian Poulter walked into the Medinah clubhouse to register for the BMW Championship and immediately felt at home.
On the walls leading to the locker room were photos of great moments in Medinah history, a course in the Chicago suburbs that has hosted the U.S. Open three times, the PGA Championship twice and the Ryder Cup.
One photo stood out immediately from the most recent big event — the 2012 Ryder Cup.
“The first picture you see as you through the door to the locker room is me laying down on the green praying that Rory (McIlroy) was going to hole that putt from the fringe on 18 so I didn’t have to hole mine,” Poulter said. “But I’m there laying on the ground with my hat up trying to help read his putt.”
Poulter made his putt, a moment that turned what looked to be a U.S. rout into a stunning victory for Europe, the biggest comeback by a visiting team.
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