The English golfer was dealt a huge setback last week when he was ruled out for the next four months with a foot injury.
With the competition starting at Hazeltine in September, that meant Poulter would be very unlikely to recover in time to earn a spot in Darren Clarke’s team.
And that would have been devastating for the man so often recognised as one of Europe’s best players at the Ryder Cup.
Instead, he’ll have to help Clarke out from the sidelines as they look to win their fourth straight Ryder Cup in a row.
It also gives him the opportunity to continue his incredible record in the competition, which sees him without an overall defeat in five appearances since 2004.
Poulter shared his delight after being asked to be one of Clarke’s vice captains:
Honored to be asked by Darren to assist him at the @RyderCupEurope as vice Captain. I will help in anyway I can for the Team to hold that ?
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) June 6, 2016
Poulter will join Thomas Bjorn, Padraig Harrington and Paul Lawrie as vice captains for the Ryder Cup.
And you’d expect Europe to be a much better team with Poults in it.