Name:Ian James Poulter
Also known as:Poults
Born:Jan 10, 1976 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire, England.
Original/Home Club:Hitchin, Herts / Woburn G&CC.
Occupation:Professional golfer; founder of IJP Design (golf clothing).
Turned Pro:1994 (aged 19)
Ryder Cup player (2004, '08, '10, '12, '14, '18, '21). Multiple wins on the European, US PGA and other international tours. European Tour Rookie of the Year (2000).
"Poults" as he is often called, is an internationally renowned English golfer, known for his flambouyant dress code, and avid support for the "Gunners" (Arsenal Football Club). Poulter also has a reputation for calling things as he sees them, which has occasionally created controversy with other players and officials.
Played as the Houston Open (Mar 29-Apr 1). Ian Poulter (Eng) beat Beau Hossler (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th), to secure his third PGA Tour title. [Tournament course, GC of Houston, Humble, TX].
Played as the WGC-HSBC Champions (Nov 1-4; co-sanctioned by world's leading mens professional tours). Second-placed Jason Dufner (USA), Ernie Els (RSA), Phil Mickelson (USA) and Scott Piercy (USA) finished 2 shots behind Poulter (Eng). [Olazabal course, Mission Hills Dongguan, China].
Played as the Volvo World Match Play Championship (May 19-22). Poulter (Eng) beat Luke Donald (Eng) 2 and 1 in the 18-hole final. [Finca Cortesin GC, Casares, Málaga, Costa del Sol].
Played as the JBWere Masters (Dec 15-18; Aus Tr event). Second-placed Marcus Fraser (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Poulter (Eng). [Victoria GC, Melbourne, Aus].
Played as the Shark Shootout (Dec 10-12; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed team of Darren Clarke (N.Ire) & Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) finished 2 shots behind winning team of Ian Poulter (Eng) & Dustin Johnson (USA). [Gold course, Tiburon GC, Naples, FL].
Played as the UBS Hong Kong Open (Nov 18-21; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Simon Dyson (Eng) and Matteo Manassero (Italy) finished 1 shot behind Poulter (Eng), who recorded his tenth European Tour win. [Hong Kong GC, Fanling; composite of 10 holes from Eden course, 8 from the New].
Played as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship (Feb 17-21). Poulter (Eng) beat Paul Casey (Eng) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final to claim the Walter Hagen Cup, his first WGC victory and first US PGA Tour win. [GC at Dove Mtn, Marana, AZ].
Played as the Barclays Singapore Open (Oct 29-Nov 1; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Wenchong Liang (China) finished 1 shot behind wire-to-wire winner Poulter (Eng). [Serapong course, Sentosa GC, Singapore. Early rounds also played on the Tanjong course].
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 15-18; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Poulter (Eng), who recorded his first Japan Tour win. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
Played as the XXXII Banco Madrid Valle Romano Open de Madrid Golf Masters (Sept 14-17). Second-placed Ignacio Garrido (Esp) finished 5 shots behind Poulter (Eng). [No.2 course, Golf La Moraleja, Alcobendas, nr Madrid].
Played as the Volvo Masters Andalucia (Oct 28-31; Eurpn Tr season-ending event). Ian Poulter (Eng) beat Sergio García (Esp) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].
The first (and only) Nordic Open (Aug 7-10; first Eurpn Tour event held in Denmark). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Poulter (Eng). [Simon's GC, Kvistgard, nr Helsingor, Denmark].
Played as the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open (May 29-Jun 1). Second-placed Jarrod Moseley (Aus), Darren Fichardt (RSA) and Jonathan Lomas (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Ian Poulter (Eng). [Wentwood Hills course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales; now largely incorporated into the Twenty Ten course].
Played as the Italian Open Telecom Italia (Oct 31-Nov 3). Second-placed Paul Lawrie (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Poulter (Eng), whose first round course-record 61 set-up his win. Event reduced to 54 holes due to rain. [Olgiata GC, Olgiata, nr Rome].
Played as the Moroccan Open (April 12-15). Second-placed David Lynn (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Poulter (Eng). [Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, Rabat, Morocco].
Played as the Italian Open (Oct 26-29). Second-placed Gordon Brand Jr (Scot) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Poulter (Eng). [Is Molas Resort, Pula, nr Cagliari, Sardinia].
Poulter (Eng) won the European Tour 2000 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Poulter finished 31st on the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of €447,507.
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
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