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.
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
The San Roque Club: "... how best to revitalise a course that had previously been fit to play regular host to the European Tour’s qualifying school finals..." by Toby Ingleton.
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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