Ian Poulter


Ian Poulter (b. 10 January 1976, Hitchin) is an English golfer who is a member of the world's top two professional golf tours, the U.S. based PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour.

Poulter's first professional win was the Open de Côte d'Ivoire on the European Tour's second tier Challenge Tour in 1999, and he won promotion to the European Tour itself via the Qualifying School later that year. In his first season he claimed the Italian Open 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 and 2004.

After narrowly missing a place in the 2001 European Ryder Cup team, Poulter was a member of the victorious squad in 2004. This entitled him to take up membership of the PGA Tour in 2005, and he is planning to divide his time between the two tours in 2005. Poulter will also captain the Ryder Cup 2006 team.