Ian Poulter will be out of golf for the next four months with a foot injury, a big setback for the fiery Englishman in a Ryder Cup year.

Poulter has been dealing with an arthritic joint in his right foot that has become so bad he now finds it painful to walk and practice. He missed his last two cuts on the PGA Tour in Texas and has fallen to No. 85 in the world.

The 40-year-old hasn't won since 2012. Poulter says is disappointed to have this happen in a Ryder Cup year, but that rest and recovery are his first priority.

Poulter has become a catalyst for Europe in the Ryder Cup, with a 12-4-2 record in five appearances. He led the European comeback at Medinah in 2012.