Ian Poulter - March 26, 2012


Ian Poulter, who is 24th in the Official World Golf Ranking and finished 3rd in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, is hosting the Ian Poulter Charity Classic on Monday morning at Lake Nona Golf and Country Club to benefit the Nemours Children’s Hospital which is being built in Orlando. This is the first edition of this event and he is hosting it at his home course of Lake Nona which is a short distance from where the Nemours Children’s Hospital will be located. It has been amazing to watch this hospital develop from plans to construction and he is looking forward to being closely involved.

There will be 26 teams with players from all over the country and the world. He will be giving a clinic on the practice range and there will also be an auction where the proceeds will benefit the Nemours Children’s Hospital.

After not playing well in the Tavistock Cup, he did not know what to expect at Bay Hill so he was very happy to play consistently for four days and end up with a third place finish. While he would have really liked to win, he is very encouraged by his performance leading into The Masters.

Masters Week at Augusta National will be very exciting this year because you have so many great players playing well at the same time and he cannot recall a time when there were so many great storylines happening at the same time. He thinks that this year’s Masters Week will be very fascinating.

Sunday’s final round at Bay Hill was all about patience because of the wind. The wind combined with difficult pin positions eliminated many scoring opportunities and instead his goal was to limit the mistakes and he was able to do that pretty well.

He changed his putter for the first time in four years and he feels confident on the greens. He will be working very hard on his putting as well as his short game this week in preparation for The Masters. It is always nice to be able to go into a tournament with a new club in your hands and he felt that the time was right to change his putter because he was feeling entirely confident with his old putter anymore.

Gary Williams will be helping Ian with the Ian Poulter Charity Classic today and Ian said that he was pretty sure that he could hook Gary up with a nice IJP Design outfit.