AN inspirational character who is an ambassador for Woburn Golf Club – that is how Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter is being talked about this week.
Poulter, 36, who now lives in Florida with his wife and four children, won all four of his matches in Medinah, Chicago, to help Europe to a 14.5 to 13.5 victory over the USA.
Sunday’s singles victory over Webb Simpson gave him a 100 per cent record of four wins and an impressive total of 12 wins from 15 matches in four Ryder Cups.
Poulter was an assistant professional at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club before turning pro and celebrated his first European Tour success in 2000 with a “welcome home” party, and has since gone on to be Europe’s most successful golfer in the biannual Ryder Cup confrontations.
While Poulter continues to show an interest in activities at Leighton Buzzard, he is now professionally attached to Woburn Golf and Country Club as a touring professional and has been since 2003.
He is extremely supportive of junior golf and in July 2011 held his sixth consecutive Ian Poulter Junior Invitational which, with the support of his sponsors, was hosted at Woburn on the Marquess’s Course.
Glenna Beasley, marketing manager at Woburn Golf Club, who has known the golfing star for a long time, said: “It’s absolutely unbelievable. We’re all so delighted and very proud for him and the team. I watched it until the bitter end.
“He’s fantastic with the junior members of the club as he is hugely inspirational and a great role model.”
After the drama, Europe’s captain Jose Mario Olazabal said that Poulter reminded him of the late legend Seve Ballesteros.
He said: “He has such a special character for this event. He thrives at this event. He loves to be in the spotlight and he loves to be in those kind of situations.
“There is one person he reminds me of that is not here with us any more, but I’m pretty sure that when he looks down on us, he would have been proud of what he saw.”