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Video: Ian Poulter follows Bubba Watson’s lead and gets the crowd involved on the first tee

Jonathan Wall
Devil Ball Golf

We may have a new Ryder Cup tradition on our hands. One day after Bubba Watson implored the crowd on the opening tee to cheer during his opening tee shot à la "Happy Gilmore," Ian Poulter followed his lead on Saturday morning.

Paired with Justin Rose and playing against Watson and Webb Simpson, Poulter motioned to fans in the stands to make some noise during his shot. Within seconds the first tee at Medinah resembled a football stadium, as fans from Europe and the U.S. tried to drown each other out.

It was one of those moments where you realized the Ryder Cup isn't your typical golf event. Of course there's pressure to win the Ryder Cup, but one of the great things about the biennial competition is that everyone seems to embrace the rowdy atmosphere and genuinely wants to get the crowd involved.

One can only hope the tradition of getting the crowd jacked up on the first tee becomes a part of the Ryder Cup going forward.

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