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Ian Poulter

Ian attended Wellfield Wood Junior School and then moved onto Barclay School. Football was really his favoured sport playing both at school and also for Fairlands Youth Football Club. He started getting interested in golf by going out at weekends on the Stevenage course with his family, first as a caddy then as a player. The golf bug really took hold during summer holidays when the football had taken a break and he would spend the whole day on the course both Stevenage and at Chesfield. On leaving school Ian got a job as an assistant at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club where he started his training as a golf professional. From there he started playing and winning in amateur competitions and then turned professional.
In the year 2000 Ian became the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year and has won a tournament on the world stage almost every year since. Also, that year Ian won the Italian Open, in 2001 the Moroccan Open, the Italian Open again in 2002 and the Welsh Open and Nordic Open in 2003. In 2004 Ian played in the USA Masters at Augusta, won the Volvo Masters at Valderama and was a member of the of the winning European Ryder Cup Team that achieved the record winning score beating the United States on their home ground by 18.5 to 9.5 points. In 2007 Ian won Dunlop Phoenix tournament in Japan and represented England along with Justin Rose in the World Cup where they achieved 4th place. 2008 was an eventful year for Ian; he got a magnificent hole-in one on the 16th at the Masters, came 2nd in the Open and was the highest point's scorer from either team in the Ryder Cup at Valhalla. 2009 was also a good year for Ian finishing 2nd at the Players Championship and winning the Barclays Singapore Open. However, 2010 is proving to be even better with a 2nd place in the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and an exciting win, his first on the PGA Tour at the WGC Accenture World Match Play. He is currently ranked 7th in the world.