[PHOTO: Andrew Redington]
Ian Poulter has company. And he has the same last name.
The longtime European Ryder Cup stalwart turned LIV Golf member is playing in the Asian Tour’s International Series event at Close House in England. If he thought he was going to show up and get in four casual rounds of competitive golf this week, his plans have now changed.
After three rounds, Poulter’s 19-year-old son Luke is hot on his heals.
Luke Poulter is a redshirt freshman on the University of Florida men’s golf team and is playing in his first professional event this week alongside his father. With three holes remaining in the second round on Friday, Luke was on the outside of the cut but finished birdie, eagle, par to make the cut on the number. Dad had finished earlier and was there on the ninth hole watching his son complete the first task, greeting him with applause and a hug.
Now though, it’s getting serious. Ian shot one-over 72 on Saturday while Luke shot three-under 68 to make up four shots during the third round. Ian is tied for 13th place at two-under total while Luke is tied for 20th place at even-par. Andy Ogletree leads the event at nine-under.
Two other sons competed in the same event, but both missed the cut. Lee Westwood’s son Sam shot 76-79 to miss the weekend. Lee made the cut but shot a third-round 81. Davis Love III’s son Dru shot 76-75.