Ian Poulter and son Luke won’t forget the Asian Tour’s International Series England event at Close House in a hurry after the pair completed memorable finishes.
Poulter senior, 47, came runner-up after a final round 64 for an impressive nine-under total but the proud dad will be more thrilled for his son Luke, 19, who finished level par to end up tied 22nd in the pro competition which had a starting field of 156 players.
Dad Ian was among the first to hug Luke for his birdie, eagle, par finish to join him in making the halfway cut but the youngster played even better over the weekend with rounds of 68 and 71 for a 284 total despite being the only amateur in the field. “It’s been amazing,” Luke said. “I beat him [Ian Poulter] one of the days, it was really cool and my main goal was to try and beat him this week, but, he got me by nine!”
Birdie, eagle, par finish for Luke Poulter to join his dad @IanJamesPoulter in making the cut at the @intseriesgolf at @CloseHouseGolf 👏🏼⛳️ pic.twitter.com/0oRKiQbzhmAugust 18, 2023
Poulter junior, who attends the University of Florida, eclipsed Lee Westwood’s son, Sam, was competing in the event as a pro but missed the cut by ten shots after rounds of 76 and 79.
And his dad Ian was delighted with his final round too attempting to win for the first time in five years. He said: “I just kind of found the key to hitting a few putts on these greens, which I didn’t have the first three days. And you know, when you do that and you play good golf like I played the first three days, then you’re going to be able to make some birdies. I made quite a few ‘birds’.”
But the biggest winner was American Andy Ogletree who finished 16-under and continues to dominate the Asian Tour with some hugely impressive play as his final round 64 ensured a seven-shot win and snuffed out any hopes of being overhauled.
It earned Ogletree’s third convincing International Series victory – he triumphed in Qatar by three this year and by four in Egypt last season – and it consolidated his lead on both the Asian Tour and International Series Order of Merits.
Ogletree, 25, who banked $360,000, is now being tipped for…