WATCH: Fans Applaud as Ian Poulter Performs Groundskeeping Duties at the Open Championship 2021

Published 07/14/2021, 12:47 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 7, 2021 England’s Ian Poulter walks off the 10th tee during a practice round REUTERS/Brian Snyder


Ah, who cannot love Ian Poulter? He’s such a talented golfer and on top of that, an intriguing human. Poulter has been on the professional tour since 1995 but he is still a student of the game. That statement is intended to convey that Poulter still loves doing the little things on a golf course, like raking a bunker, per se.

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How often do we see tour pros rake a bunker? Well, before that, we need to ask, why rake a bunker in the first place? It is required to be done in order to make the sand smoother and erase shoe prints if any. Raking also evens out the surface and helps in better performance. 

Ian Poulter knows the value of it. The 45-year-old is currently competing at The Open Championship 2021 which is being played at Royal St.George’s this year. During a practice round, the veteran golfer suddenly took a rake in his hands and began sweeping the bunker. 

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As one could see, the crowd near the bunker absolutely loved it. Ian Poulter did the job amicably and ensured the entire bunker sand was evened out. As he was done, the cheering crowd took a moment to applaud Poulter’s efforts! 

It is things like these that add to a golfer’s reputation. More than being a talented player, deeds like these help a lot in registering a positive impact in the golf community. Ian Poulter, you’re a real one! 

Has Ian Poulter ever won The Open Championship?

In golf, there is an ever-growing list of players who deserve a major championship but haven’t won one yet. Ian Poulter belongs to that category. Poulter has three wins on the PGA Tour and 12 on the European tour, but he is yet to add a major championship to his trophy cabinet. 

Poulter has come close several times. As for The Open Championship, he achieved a career-best solo second-place finish back in 2008. The tournament was played at the daunting  Royal Birkdale Golf Club, and none of the players including the winner could finish under-par after 72-holes. 

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Poulter carded a score of 7-over-par after four rounds which earned him a second-place finish. Irishman Padraig Harrington took home the championship, but Poulter played brilliantly to achieve a solo second. 

Do you think there is an outside chance for Ian Poulter to win The Open Championship 2021?

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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