Poulter came close to claiming the 2013 Open Championship at Muirfield with a spirited back nine performance which included the streak of an eagle and three birdies in four consecutive holes from the ninth. Reminiscent of his displays at Medinah, Poulter charged through the field with a putting master class to claim a share for third, having started the day eight shots behind.
Widely credited with leading Europe's fight back in the recent Ryder Cup victory over the USA, Poulter was one Jose Maria Olaz醔al's two "captain's picks" for the European Team in Medinah and won all four of his matches during the three days of the event. Including a final day singles victory over US Open Champion, Webb Simpson. His fine Ryder Cup record however, dates back further with him making a huge contribution to Europe抯 Ryder Cup victory over the United States in 2010, winning three points from four at The Celtic Manor Resort. He also won four from five at Valhalla in 2008 after being selected as a wild card pick.
Demonstrated his considerable ability in match play golf again in 2011 when he won the Volvo World Match Play Championship, beating compatriot Luke Donald in the final. The previous year he became the first English winner of a WGC event when he captured the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Renowned for having a passion for fashion and flair, he launched his own clothing range in 2007. Took up the game at the age of four when dad, Terry, a single figure handicapper, gave him a cut-down three wood. Won The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in 2000 and four years later made a successful Ryder Cup debut as part of Bernhard Langer's victorious European Team. Is an avid supporter of Arsenal FC and travelled to the Champions League Final on the Wednesday night of the 2006 Irish Open, chartering a plane which got him there and back in time for his 7.50am tee time on the Thursday morning.
Poulter qualified for the WGC HSBC Champions as the defending champion