Who would have known?

Two Englishmen battling it out in the Arizona desert for the biggest individual match play title in the golfing world. Ian Poulter eventually beat Paul Casey to become the Accenture Match Play Champion. Clearly, that is not a bad start to the year for English golf. I do think though that looking back a few years most people with any kind of knowledge in the game would agree that it is surprising.

Having turned professional at the age of 19, off a handicap of 4, Poulter’s career is nothing short of neither remarkable nor outstanding. As the story goes he was forced by his boss where he worked as an assistant pro to pay a full greenfee every time he wanted to play in a tournament. Therefore he did not really play in events. Somehow though he made it on to the European Challenge Tour to capture his first win in 1999. One year later he was the Henry Cotton Rookie of the year on the main tour and to say that the rest is history is certainly and understatement.

As late as January 2008 Poutler was laughed and joked about when he in an interview for a magazine said that the day he does play to his potential, it will only be about him and Tiger. I have a feeling Ian Poutler may prove to us all that he was right before we know it!

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