Poulter is now turning to the European Tour with an eye on making the Ryder Cup team. His second stop is the Italian Open, which starts Thursday at Gardagolf Country Club in Soiano del Lago, Italy.
With the 2022 Ryder Cup set to be in Rome, Italian golf is eager to get marquee names like Poulter, who set a course record in the Italian Open in 2002 after shooting a 61, which was tied by Angel Cabrera a day later.
“The presence of a champion like Ian Poulter is an honor for the Italian Golf Federation and it shows how much bigger the level of the Italian Open field became, the most important event along the way to the Ryder Cup 2022 in Rome,” said Franco Chimenti, president of the federation, the group that promotes and governs golf in Italy.
“Poulter’s extraordinary career started off with two wins right in our tournament and I believe that this year also he will play to win,” Chimenti said.
“It’s really important to play the series events in Europe,” Poulter said. Those events include his home turf tournament at the European Tour PGA Championship, the Italian Open, the French Open, the Scottish Open and the British Open.
He will also play a handful of tournaments in North America, including the United States Open at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y.; the Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio; and the P.G.A. Championship at Bellerive Country Club outside St. Louis.
“It’s a busy schedule,” Poulter said. “It’s tough. It’s juggling a lot of things and I’m trying to stay fresh on the golf course. Rest is key. I need to get the right rest time and family time to stay refreshed. My downtime is for family activity. That’s all about there is. I never switch off. Running my day-to-day golf business is a fairly busy one. There’s a lot of moving parts and I’m trying to simplify it and make it easier.”