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Ian Poulter

  • Birthplace: Stevenage, England
  • Residence: Buckinghamshire, England; Orlando, FL
  • Birth Date: January 10, 1976
  • height: 6-1
  • Turned Pro: 1995

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International Victories

(7): 2000 Italian Open [Eur]. 2001 Moroccan Open [Eur]. 2002 Italian Open [Eur]. 2003 Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open [Eur], Nordic Open [Eur]. 2004 Volvo Masters Andalucia [Eur]. 2006 Open de Madrid Masters [Eur].

Other Victories

(1): 1999 Open de Cote d'Ivoire.

2009 PGA TOUR Money and Position

$2,056,241 (23)

2009 PGA TOUR Best Finishes

2-- THE PLAYERS Championship. T5-- Quail Hollow Championship. 8-- Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. T9-- World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.

PGA TOUR Best Round

65 at Round 3, Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

PGA TOUR Highlights

Finished T9 after a third-round, 2-and-1 loss to Sean O'Hair at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship...Finished T5 at the Quail Hollow Championship, just three strokes behind champion Sean O'Hair...Recorded the third runner-up finish of his PGA TOUR career at THE PLAYERS Championship, finishing four strokes behind champion Henrik Stenson...Shot 12-under 268 for an eighth-place finish at the Crowne Plaza Invitational where he played the back nine bogey-free and 11-under for the week.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

2-- British Open Championship, THE PLAYERS Championship. T2-- World Golf Championships-American Express Championship.

2008 Season Highlights

Recorded seven top-25 finishes and made 12 of 15 cuts...Only top-10 finish of the season came in his 11th start, where a 1-under 69 on the final day propelled him to a runner-up effort at the British Open, four strokes behind champion Padraig Harrington. It represented his best effort in 23 major championship appearances...Had the best individual Ryder Cup record in Europe's loss at Valhalla, finishing 4-1-0. Only loss came in Friday Foursomes.

Career Highlights

2007: Had career-best number of top-10s (5) and top-25s (8) as he earned more than $1 million for a second consecutive season...Best finish of the year came in April at the EDS Byron Nelson Championship, finishing T3...Fourth top-10 came in August at The Barclays, a T9, his second top-10 finish in two starts at Westchester CC. Moved up 14 spots in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup standings from 73rd to 59th...Ended season with a T10 at the BMW Championship, his fifth top-10 of the season. 2006: Recorded four top-10s in 15 starts, made 13 cuts and earned more than $1.5 million...Finished T7 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans for first top-10 in eighth start...In June, added a T9 at the Barclays Classic...The next week finished T12 at the U.S. Open...Recorded his first top-10 in a major championship with a T9 at the PGA Championship...Won the Banco Madrid Valle Romano Open de Madrid Golf Masters on the European Tour by five strokes in September...Finished T2 at the World Golf Championships-American Express Championship in London, his first top-10 at the event...Finished T9 at the Volvo Masters the last European Tour event of the season. Finished ninth on the European Tour Order of Merit. 2005: Did not win on European Tour for the first season since joining the tour in 2000...Played in a career-high 20 TOUR events with two top-10s...Playing in his third event of the season, posted a T8 at the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic...Semifinalist at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship where he fell to eventual champion David Toms 3 and 2. Defeated Jim Furyk, Stuart Appleby, Rory Sabbatini and Nick O'Hern before losing to Toms. Lost in 20 holes to Retief Goosen in consolation match to finish fourth and earn $450,000. 2004: Joined the TOUR as a Special Temporary Member the week of August 4...At the European Tour's season-ending Volvo Masters, defeated Sergio Garcia in a playoff and finished ninth in European Tour's Volvo Order of Merit...In first TOUR start, finished T5 at the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, losing to Stephen Leaney, 1-up, in the fourth round. In first three rounds, defeated Chris Riley, Duffy Waldorf and John Huston...Member of victorious European Ryder Cup squad and posted a 1-1 record in Ryder Cup debut. 2003: Victorious twice in Europe at the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open and the Nordic Open, and finished career-best fifth in Volvo Order of Merit. 2002: Captured the 59th Italian Open Telecom Italia. 2001: Capped successful sophomore campaign with victory at the Moroccan Open. 2000: His first year culminated in winning the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award thanks to a first in the Italian Open in October, ultimately finishing 31st on the Volvo Order of Merit. 1999: Played the European Challenge Tour with a win at the Open de Cote d'Ivoire.


Took up the game at age 4 when his father, Terry, a single-digit handicapper, gave him a cut-down 3-wood...Older brother Danny is also a professional...Noted for his colorful hairstyles and clothing, most notably the 2004 majors where he wore trousers that featured pink (Masters Tournament), Union Jack (British Open) and United States stars and stripes (PGA Championship) designs. Has developed his own clothing line, which is available at his Web site, His design company designed the uniforms for the Great Britain and Ireland team in the 2008 Curtis Cup.

National Teams

Ryder Cup (2), 2004, 2008. World Cup (3), 2001, 2007, 2008.

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