Europe set up Ryder decider
European Ryder Cup fans at Valhalla serenaded their new talisman on Saturday evening and captain Nick Faldo will indeed be in a Poulter wonderland if his controversial wildcard pick helps steer his side to an unlikely victory.
Faldo's men scrapped to stay in touch on a scintillating day at Valhalla and trail the Americans 9-7 going into the singles matches.
Poulter has become the heartbeat of the team and was cheered off the 18th green by the small but noisy band of travelling fans draped in flags and fancy dress. They will need to be every bit as vocal if Europe are to quieten the boisterous and partisan home crowd in Louisville.
"I wanted to play well for the team more than anything, or any tournament. They are all great guys to be alongside," said the Englishman.
But while Poulter, aided by good pal Justin Rose for two wins and Graeme McDowell for another, has been the star, every one of Faldo's men has played a part.
And the much-maligned skipper will need each and every one of them to stand on their own two feet and fight alone to overcome the deficit on Sunday.
There was a time when the European team was written off if it wasn't leading going into the singles but those days are gone.
Europe, though, still need to win seven points from 12 matches to retain the trophy, and seven and a half to win it outright.
"It was America's day on Friday and ours on Saturday. The team is really up and we believe we have a great opportunity," said an upbeat Faldo.
Given the home support and an equally motivated and talented American team, it still represents a huge task.
But Faldo now has no weak links after his bold decision to drop key pair Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia from Saturday morning's foursomes paid off handsomely.
The move, apparently requested by the pair, meant that he could blood Oliver Wilson. And the unassuming Englishman, the only man not to play on Friday, repaid him with a sensational victory, alongside Henrik Stenson, over star US duo Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim.
Wilson went out a boy and came back a man in Ryder Cup terms. And, having battled back from four down to beat the world number two and his partner 2&1, Wilson should feel he can take on America's new darling Boo Weekley in the fifth match.
The colourful Weekley has become an American idol this week and Azinger even believes that he could become the most inspirational US Ryder Cup player in history.
The crowd noise surrounding that match will be the loudest of the lot. But Wilson has now proved he can handle the big stage, and the key is for him to keep believing that. He will do his team-mates a massive favour if he can subdue the popular American.
Westwood and Garcia, Europe's top points-scorers at the last two Ryder Cups, have been quiet by their standards. But the Englishman, unbeaten in 12 matches until Saturday afternoon, has proved he is grittier than Monty Python's Black Knight and will fancy his chances against Ben Curtis.
Garcia's singles record is lacklustre - won one, lost three - and he will need to be at his ebullient best against America's bright young star Kim, but there are match-ups to savour all down the list.
Sending out Poulter, Westwood and Padraig Harrington - apparently at his own request - in matches 10, 11 and 12 could prove one brave call too far for Faldo.
The match could be over by then, with Azinger opting for strength up front.
But Faldo's major decisions have been vindicated so far. And who better to shoulder the responsibility, if it comes to it, than this year's back-to-back major champion.
Heroes will be made at Valhalla on Sunday.