Simpson seeks revenge on Poulter after '12 defeats


Ian Poulter defeats Webb Simpson in Sunday singles at the 2012 Ryder Cup. (Getty)

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – It’s no secret that among the dozen European players assembled for this week’s Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter has the largest target on his back.

The Englishman has become the poster child for European resilience following his performance two years ago at Medinah, and among the litany of players looking to even the score Webb Simpson seems to be first in line.

Simpson lost a crucial foursomes match to Poulter and Justin Rose on Saturday in 2012 and again on Sunday in singles play.

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“I lost two matches to Poulter at Medinah, so I would love to play him again, try to get those points back,” Simpson said.

Although Simpson’s desire to settle the score dates back to those losses two years ago, he said having a chance to play the Continent’s most dominant Ryder Cup player in recent years is equally as important.

“I do want those points back,” he said. “When I kind of had the draw on singles at Medinah on Sunday, I was excited. I think as athletes, you want a challenge and you want a guy who is playing good golf.”