Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter
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Personal information
Full nameIan James Poulter
NicknameThe Postman
Born (1976-01-10) 10 January 1976 (age 44)
Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England, UK
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight189 lb (86 kg; 13.5 st)
Nationality England
ResidenceOrlando, Florida, U.S.
Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England, UK
Turned professional1995
Current tour(s)PGA Tour (joined 2005)
European Tour (joined 2000)
Professional wins17
Highest ranking5 (21 February 2010)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour3
European Tour12
Japan Golf Tour1
Asian Tour2
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT6: 2015
PGA ChampionshipT3: 2012
U.S. OpenT12: 2006
The Open Championship2nd: 2008
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
Ian Poulter at the 2009 Telus World Skins Game, Lévis, Canada

Ian James Poulter (born 10 January 1976) is an English professional golfer who is a member of the world's top two professional golf tours, the U.S.-based PGA Tour and the European Tour. He has previously been ranked as high as number 5 in the world rankings. The highlights of Poulter's career to date have been his two World Golf Championship wins at the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions. He is the touring professional for Woburn Golf and Country Club.[2]

Early career

Born in Hitchin, and raised in Stevenage,[3] Poulter took up the game at the age of four when his single-handicap father, Terry, gave him a cut-down 3-wood. His older brother Danny is also a professional golfer.[4] Unable to get a place as a pro at a private club, he became the assistant pro and golf shop manager at the Chesfield Downs Golf Club.[5] There he was forced by his boss to pay a full green fee every time he wanted to play in a competition. His handicap hence stayed at four, because he did not play in competitions. Following this period, Poulter joined as Assistant Pro at Leighton Buzzard golf course, giving lessons to youngsters at £1 per lesson.[6]

Professional career

Poulter turned professional in 1996 gaining his first win at the 1999 Open de Côte d'Ivoire on the European Tour's second tier Challenge Tour. He won promotion to the European Tour itself via the qualifying school later that year.

In his first season, he claimed the Italian Open title and was the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year for 2000. Further wins followed in each of the next four seasons, most prestigiously the season ending "tour championship" the Volvo Masters in 2004. He was in the top ten on the Order of Merit in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2012. In 2013, he finished 2nd on the Order of Merit, his highest placing so far.

After narrowly missing a place in the 2002 European Ryder Cup team, Poulter was a member of the victorious squad in 2004, where he officially scored the winning points for his team.[7] This entitled him to take up membership of the PGA Tour in 2005, and he has divided his time between the two tours since then.[citation needed]

At the 2008 Masters Tournament, Poulter made a hole-in-one at the 16th hole at Augusta National in the first round. At the 2008 Open Championship, Poulter had the clubhouse lead on the last round before being beaten by defending champion Pádraig Harrington. In the 2008 Ryder Cup, Poulter was the highest points scorer on either side as he scored 4 of Europe's 11.5 points. Europe lost the Ryder Cup 16.5–11.5.

In the 2009 Players Championship, he finished in sole possession of second place at eight under-par, four shots behind the winner, Henrik Stenson. In November 2009, Poulter won the Barclays Singapore Open at the Sentosa Club.[8] He moved into the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking in January 2010 with a second-place finish at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.[9]

In February 2010, he won his first tournament on U.S. soil, beating fellow Englishman Paul Casey 4&2 in the final of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona.[10] The win moved him to 5th in the world rankings.[11] His ranking gained Poulter a place in the 2010 Ryder Cup in September at Celtic Manor in Wales He won 3 points in the 4 matches he played in the European team's win by 14.5 points to 13.5. In November 2010, he won his second title of the year with a one-stroke victory in the UBS Hong Kong Open.[12]

Poulter at the 2013 Open de France

On 23 February 2011, in Marana, Arizona, Poulter became the first defending champion in nine years to be eliminated in the first round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. He did however enjoy greater success in the European Tour's own match play event, the Volvo World Match Play Championship where he won the title beating Ryder Cup teammate Luke Donald, 2&1, in the final. He had previously beaten the world number one Lee Westwood, Francesco Molinari and Nicolas Colsaerts to get to the final. This was Poulter's second tournament win in a match play event and eleventh European Tour victory.[13]

Poulter was one of José María Olazábal's two "captains picks" for the European Team at the 2012 Ryder Cup. He won all the 4 matches he played over the three days of the event, and was a key figure in sparking his team's victory by 14.5 points to 13.5.[14]

On 4 November 2012, Poulter won the second World Golf Championship of his career at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shenzhen, China, coming from four strokes back in the final round to win by two from four other players. He shot a final round of 65 which included 8 birdies in his first 15 holes to seize control and despite a late bogey, closed out the victory by two strokes. He became only the second European to have won multiple WGC events, after Darren Clarke. The victory took Poulter to 15th in the rankings.[15]

At the 2015 Honda Classic on the PGA Tour, Poulter had a three shot lead going into the final round of the rain delayed event. However he had a disastrous four-over-par final round of 74, where he found the water five times, included twice on the 14th hole which cost him a triple bogey. Poulter would finish in a tie for third, one shot outside of the playoff, which was won by Pádraig Harrington. It was his first 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour and he never would win a non-WGC PGA Tour event until 2018. In the same year, Poulter was in a predicament. He fell to 51st in the OWGR and was not exempt for the WGC-HSBC Champions, and had failed to enter the UBS Hong Kong Open. He was also at risk of losing his European Tour card since he had only played in 12 events, one short of membership and Ryder Cup eligibility. He only earned entry to the Hong Kong Open after Rich Beem gave up his sponsor exemption to allow Poulter to compete.[16]

In March 2016, Poulter held the 54-hole lead at the Puerto Rico Open, an alternate event on the PGA Tour. He led by one stroke entering the final round, but shot an even-par round which included just the one birdie, to finish in a tie for third, one stroke outside of the playoff. This was only the second time that Poulter had held a 54-hole lead in an event on the PGA Tour and he has yet to win one. The result was however his best on tour for over a year.

On 3 June 2016, Poulter was ruled out of the upcoming Ryder Cup after being sidelined for four months with a foot injury.[17] Only three days later, he was named by captain Darren Clarke as one of his vice-captains for the match.[18]

Poulter at the 2018 U.S. Open

Poulter started the 2016–17 season using a major medical extension. He initially failed to meet the terms, but his results and criteria were reevaluated, allowing Poulter to keep his Tour card for the remainder of the season.[19] The Golf Channel website also mentioned that Brian Gay (who was also playing on a major medical extension) noted a discrepancy in the points distribution from the previous season. After recalculating, Gay and Poulter were also allowed entry into the 2017 Players Championship after meeting the FedEx Cup requirements.[20] Poulter went on to finish T2 at The Players, three shots behind Kim Si-woo.

During the 2018 WGC-Match Play, Poulter was informed by members of the media that his advancement to the quarterfinals would place him in the top-50 in the World Golf Rankings, ensuring his place in the Masters' field two weeks later. It was later determined that he would need to advance to the semifinals to crack the top-50, which he was unable to do, losing heavily to Kevin Kisner in the quarterfinals.[21]

The following week, Poulter won the Houston Open, claiming his third victory on the PGA Tour and first stroke play tournament win in the United States. Poulter won in a sudden-death playoff, after holing a lengthy birdie putt on the final green of regulation play to tie Beau Hossler. In the playoff, Poulter won with a par, after Hossler found the water and made a triple bogey. This was Poulter's first win in six years on any tour and also sealed his place in the Masters the following week as the final entrant.[21] He finished T44 at the event. Then playing his sixth week in a row, Poulter held the 54-hole lead at the RBC Heritage. He faded in the final round though, shooting a 75 and finishing T7.

In September 2018, Poulter was named as a captain's pick by Thomas Bjørn for the European team participating in the 2018 Ryder Cup. Europe defeated the United States team by 17½ points to 10½ at Le Golf National outside of Paris, France. Poulter went 2–2–0 and won his singles match against then world number one Dustin Johnson.[22]


Poulter is well known for his eccentric dress sense, inspired by his mother, who managed the Letchworth branch of UK women's fashion chain Dorothy Perkins.[5] His most famous pieces include trousers featuring the famous Claret Jug, worn at both the 2005 and 2006 Open Championships. Commentating for the BBC, Seve Ballesteros jibed that this was "the closest [Poulter] would ever get to it".

He is an avid fan of football club Arsenal.[23][24] He has on several occasions appeared with the team's crest on his shoes, and he even controversially wore the team's shirt during an event, gaining widespread ire for flying in the face of golfing tradition (immediately after the event the rule was changed to stop future players wearing football jerseys). In addition to his golfing career, Poulter launched Ian Poulter Design (IJP Design) in 2007.[25]

Personal life

Poulter is married to his wife Katie Poulter; the couple have four children and live in Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Orlando, Florida.[26] The couple also has a home in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.[27]


Poulter currently has endorsements with the following companies: Coolsculpting, IJP Design, Titleist, Nikon, EA Sports, MasterCard, Oakley, Fathead, DP World, Audemars Piguet, and Marquis Jet.[28]

Professional wins (17)

PGA Tour wins (3)

World Golf Championships (2)
Other PGA Tour (1)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
121 Feb 2010WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship4 and 2England Paul Casey
24 Nov 2012WGC-HSBC Champions*69-68-65-65=267–212 strokesUnited States Jason Dufner, South Africa Ernie Els,
United States Phil Mickelson, United States Scott Piercy
31 Apr 2018Houston Open73-64-65-67=269−19PlayoffUnited States Beau Hossler

*In 2012 the WGC-HSBC Champions was an unofficial PGA Tour event, but wins were counted as official if the winner was a PGA Tour member, as Poulter was.

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

12018Houston OpenUnited States Beau HosslerWon with par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (12)

World Golf Championships (2)
Other European Tour (10)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
129 Oct 2000Italian Open66-67-65-69=267−211 strokeScotland Gordon Brand, Jnr
215 Apr 2001Moroccan Open71-67-69-70=277−152 strokesEngland David Lynn
33 Nov 2002Italian Open (2)61-67-69=197−192 strokesScotland Paul Lawrie
41 Jun 2003Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open65-67-68-70=270−183 strokesSouth Africa Darren Fichardt, England Jonathan Lomas,
Australia Jarrod Moseley
510 Aug 2003Nordic Open68-67-65-66=266−221 strokeScotland Colin Montgomerie
631 Oct 2004Volvo Masters Andalucia71-67-69-70=277−7PlayoffSpain Sergio García
717 Sep 2006XXXII Banco Madrid Valle Romano
Open de Madrid Golf Masters
67-66-64-69=266−225 strokesSpain Ignacio Garrido
81 Nov 2009Barclays Singapore Open166-64-72-72=274−101 strokeChina Liang Wen-chong
921 Feb 2010WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship4 and 2England Paul Casey
1021 Nov 2010UBS Hong Kong Open167-60-64-67=258−221 strokeEngland Simon Dyson, Italy Matteo Manassero
1122 May 2011Volvo World Match Play Championship2 and 1England Luke Donald
124 Nov 2012WGC-HSBC Champions69-68-65-65=267−212 strokesUnited States Jason Dufner, South Africa Ernie Els,
United States Phil Mickelson, United States Scott Piercy

1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–1)

12004Volvo Masters AndaluciaSpain Sergio GarcíaWon with par on first extra hole
22010Dubai World ChampionshipSweden Robert KarlssonLost to birdie on second extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
118 Nov 2007Dunlop Phoenix Tournament65-68-67-69=269−113 strokesSpain Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño

Asian Tour wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
11 Nov 2009Barclays Singapore Open166-64-72-72=274−101 strokeChina Liang Wen-chong
221 Nov 2010UBS Hong Kong Open167-60-64-67=258−221 strokeEngland Simon Dyson, Italy Matteo Manassero

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
118 Dec 2011JBWere Masters65-68-69-67=269−153 strokesAustralia Marcus Fraser

Challenge Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
118 Apr 1999Open de Côte d'Ivoire69-72-70-73=284−42 strokesFrance Sébastien Delagrange, Wales David Park,

Other wins (1)

Results in major championships

Masters TournamentT31T33T13T25T20
U.S. OpenCUTT57T12T36WDT18
The Open ChampionshipT64T50T46T25T11CUTT272CUT
PGA ChampionshipCUTT61T37T47T9T23T31T19
Masters TournamentT10T277CUTT20T6T49T44
U.S. OpenT47CUTT41T21T17T54T25
The Open ChampionshipT60CUTT9T3CUTCUTT14CUT
PGA ChampionshipWDT39T3T61T58CUTT22T31
Masters TournamentT12
PGA ChampionshipCUT
U.S. OpenCUT
The Open ChampionshipCUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament0000381413
PGA Championship0011251713
U.S. Open0000051410
The Open Championship0112361811
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 7 (2004 Open Championship – 2006 U.S. Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2012 Open Championship – 2012 PGA)

Results in The Players Championship

The Players ChampionshipT33CUTT27T28T212CUTT57T25CUTT65T30T57T2T11T56
  Top 10

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

World Golf Championships

Wins (2)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMargin of
2010WGC-Accenture Match Play Championshipn/a4 & 2England Paul Casey
2012WGC-HSBC Champions4 shot deficit−21 (69-68-65-65=267)2 strokesUnited States Jason Dufner, South Africa Ernie Els,
United States Phil Mickelson, United States Scott Piercy

Results timeline

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Match PlayQF4R64R16R32
Mexico ChampionshipNT1T44T18T2T16T57
FedEx St. Jude InvitationalT13T33T33T13T30T16
Mexico ChampionshipT13T37T45T60T28T52T49T3
Match PlayR161R64R644R64T34QFT17
FedEx St. Jude InvitationalT15T65T68T29T19T52T17T108
HSBC ChampionsT45T13T1312T6T3021WD

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

Ryder Cup points record

See also


  1. ^ "Week 08 2010 Ending 21 Feb 2010" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Woburn Golf Club – Ian Poulter". Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Golfer Ian Poulter goes back to Stevenage school". The Comet. 23 July 2013. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  4. ^ "PGA Tour profile". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on 9 February 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Ian Poulter: Dandy of the fairways aims to end British fashion for failure". The Independent. London. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  6. ^ "Poulter is a Leighton lad for life". Leighton Buzzard Observer. 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ Colin Montgomerie is widely credited as having holed the winning putt, although Ian Poulter birdied on the 15th hole of his match to guarantee a half-point and so mathematically win the Ryder Cup seconds before Montgomerie. This was commentated on by course commentators and BBC Radio 5 Live, whose Golf correspondent recalled in the News of the World: "My editor said Poulter was three up seconds before Monty hit his putt. Then Colin's putt went in – you can imagine the situation. To have over-ruled his achievement would have been like trying to deny Alan Shearer a goal that went in off a defender." "This man won us Ryder Cup – not Monty" News of the World (London); 26 September 2004; Geoff Sweet; p. 75. Frank Keating of The Guardian also noted this chain of events, writing "radio logged the fact that it was not Montgomerie's putt which actually clinched the cup but Poulter's, a matter of seconds before and a few holes behind." "Golf, Cricket: Notes from the touchline" The Guardian (Manchester); 24 Sep 2004; Frank Keating; p. 34. Notwithstanding, Poulter was still in a Dormie position at this time (3 holes up with 3 to play) and players in this position can still be disqualified and thus lose their match. A similar situation took place 2 years later.
  8. ^ "Poulter secures Singapore title". BBC Sport. 1 November 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2009.
  9. ^ Martin Kaymer Climbs To World Number 6 With Win In Abu Dhabi And Bill Haas Wins The Bob Hope Classic Archived 23 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine – Official World Golf Ranking, Week 4, 2010
  10. ^ "Poulter defeats Casey to win World Match Play title". BBC Sport. 21 January 2010. Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  11. ^ Ian Poulter Wins The WGC-Accenture Match Play And Jumps To A Career High World Number Five Archived 23 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine – Official World Golf Ranking, 2010, Week 8
  12. ^ "Ian Poulter wins Hong Kong open by one stroke". BBC Sport. 21 November 2010. Retrieved 22 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Ian Poulter defeats Luke Donald for Volvo World Match Play win". PGA European Tour. 22 May 2011. Retrieved 23 May 2011.
  14. ^ "Ryder Cup 2012: Europe beat USA after record comeback". BBC Sport. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Poulter claims 2nd WGC win in China". BBC Sport. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  16. ^ Ferguson, Doug (20 October 2015). "Rich Beem explains decision to step aside for Ian Poulter in Hong Kong". PGA of America. Associated Press.
  17. ^ Inglis, Martin (3 June 2016). "Ian Poulter ruled out of 2016 Ryder Cup". bunkered.
  18. ^ Inglis, Martin (6 June 2016). "Ian Poulter named Ryder Cup vice-captain". bunkered.
  19. ^ Harig, Bob (1 May 2017). "Ian Pouter maintains tour status for season". ESPN.
  20. ^ Christmas comes early for Gay and Poulter
  21. ^ a b "Ian Poulter wins Houston Open on playoff, gets last spot in Masters". ESPN. Associated Press. 1 April 2018. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Europe wins back Ryder Cup, beating US 17 1/2-10 1/2". The Hamilton Spectator. The Canadian Press. 30 September 2018. Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  23. ^ "My Arsenal – Ian Talk about His Passion for the Game". 1 August 2009. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  24. ^ "Angel Cabreras Argentinian Steakout Means Nothing To Arsenal Fan Ian Poulter". Daily Mail. London. 6 April 2010. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  25. ^ "Ian Poulter drives a profit with clothing firm IJP Design". The Telegraph. 19 October 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  26. ^ "Jeff Rude to check out his Orlando Florida home". Golf Week TV. Retrieved 15 July 2009.
  27. ^ "Ian Poulter – Bio". PGA European Tour.
  28. ^ "Icon Sports Management profile". Iconsportsinc.com. Retrieved 2 January 2013.

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