Ian Poulter’s 16-Year-Old Son Will Carry His Bag at the Wells Fargo Championship

Published 05/03/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 8, 2021 England’s Ian Poulter watches his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the first round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst


The PGA Tour has seen plenty of player/caddie combinations over the years. A father/son pairing is probably a fan favorite and we saw Stewart Cink and his son Reagan find success at RBC Heritage. Likewise, 45-year-old Ian Poulter has called up his son Luke to caddie for him at the upcoming Wells Fargo Championship. 

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This move does not come as a surprise as 16-year-old Luke is very much into the game of golf. Furthermore, Poulter’s regular caddie James Walton is taking a brief pause from his duty owing to his 40th birthday celebrations. This left the Englishman with no choice but to appoint his son as his caddie. 

“He’ll be relaxing somewhere on a beach,” Poulter reacted to Walton taking a break to celebrate his birthday. Poulter’s been with Walton for quite a few years now, but it is now time for the 45-year-old’s kid to step up to the task. 

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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

Ian Poulter wants Luke to understand the nuances of the game

A lot happens during a golf tournament. Players compete hard and strong for the title and there are a few things that escape the camera. Subtle moments will not be picked up, and a person will only be aware of them when present on the golf course. 

“It will be nice for him to get a real inside look at what goes on inside between these silly ears and inside the ropes and give him a little look,” Poulter said about Luke. “It will be great for his learning experience to become a Tour player himself.”

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Ian Poulter certainly has aspirations of making his son a tour pro. The first path towards making it happen is to make Luke understand how players approach tournaments. Carrying Poulter’s bag at the Wells Fargo Championship will more than fulfill that experience. 

“He wants to do what I do. It’s the only thing going on in his brain. He fully believes in his mind if he continues to work hard and keeps improving, he’s going to have an opportunity,” Poulter mentioned about his son. 

It is indeed exciting to know that Ian Poulter will have his 16-year-old son caddying for him at the Wells Fargo Championship. Poulter has five starts at the Quail Hollow Club and has just one Top 10 finish. How will he do this year?

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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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