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Profile: Ian Poulter

Ian Poulter
  • Birthplace: Hitchin, England
  • Residence: Milton Keynes
  • Birthdate: 10 Jan 1976
  • Age: 28
  • Turned Professional: 1994

Ryder Cup Record

Debut

Career Victories

European Tour

5 - 2000 Italian Open, 2001 Moroccan Open, 2002 59th Italian Open Telecom Italia, 2003 The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open, Nordic Open

Other

1 - 1999 Open de Cote d'Ivoire

Player Notes

After the disappointment of missing out of The 34th Ryder Cup Matches at The De Vere Belfry by one place, Ian Poulter was determined he was not going to miss the place bound for Detroit, securing his place with a season of consistent performances.

Like his fellow debutants, the best way to gauge Poulter's Ryder Cup pedigree is to look at his match play record in The Seve Trophy. And like the rest of the Ryder Cup newcomers who have played in The Seve Trophy, Poulter has a record that stands up to any form of scrutiny.

Played five, won three, halved one and lost one is how he fared last season at the Campo de Golf Parador El Saler, and if he can reproduce that kind of form at Oakland Hills Country Club then The European Team will have uncovered a priceless asset.

Poulter - playing with his great friend Justin Rose - got off to a losing start in the Seve Trophy but never looked back after going down to Alex Cejka and Raphael Jacquelin.

The English duo roared back with a brilliant three and one win over Seve Ballesteros and JosÚ Maria Olazàbal, the most successful Ryder Cup partnership of all time. That gave Poulter the impetus he needed to go on and dominate the rest of his matches.

He partnered Lee Westwood to another stunning victory over Ballesteros and Sergio Garcia and then teamed up with Rose again to beat Thomas Bj÷rn and Garcia before securing a half in his singles match with Niclas Fasth.

The Ryder Cup will undoubtedly be a more intense competition that The Seve Trophy, but then Poulter is an intense golfer. Depending on your own personal taste, his dress sense may or may not leave a lot to be desired, but you simply cannot deny the Englishman's ability, or his love of the big occasion. In short, Poulter is a player who loves being in the spotlight and who will give everything to bring The Ryder Cup back to Europe.

Background

Winning the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year title in 2000 provided the springboard for the Englishman to become one of the most exciting talents on The European Tour. Won the Italian Open in October that year and has gone on to triumph every year since, the Moroccan Open in 2001, the 59th Italian Open Telecom Italia in 2002 and The Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open and the Nordic Open in 2003. Came close to earning a place in The 2001 European Ryder Cup team by finishing 11th in the Qualifying Table and was on standby to join Sam Torrance's team at The De Vere Belfry if required. Took up the game at the age of four when dad, Terry, a single figure handicapper, gave him a cut-down three wood. Older brother, Danny, is also a professional, as an assistant at Chadwell Springs, Ware, Hertfordshire. Turned professional at 19. Won the Open de Côte d'Ivoire on the Challenge Tour in 1999 but finished 30th and had to visit the Qualifying School to win his card in 23rd position. Might have had a chance of finishing in the top 15 on the Challenge Tour, but for tripping over his golf bag leaving the BIL Luxembourg Open and suffering torn ligaments and tendons in his ankle, necessitating a lengthy recuperation. An avid Arsenal supporter, Poulter is one of the most easily recognised players on Tour thanks to his extravagant hairstyles.

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