Stewart Cink notched two victories on the PGA Tour with his son serving as the new caddy. Ian Poulter wouldn’t mind having those kinds of results, although that’s not why his son, Luke, will be on the sack this week at the Wells Fargo Championship.
Poulter rarely plays Quail Hollow and his younger son, James Walton, has his wife organized a trip for his 40th birthday. Poulter chose to play and didn’t want to disrupt Walton’s celebration at the beach.
So he takes Luke, a junior from high school and an aspiring player. Luke Poulter played his first local US Open qualifying game last week in Florida, without qualifying.
Now he is in the big leagues in another way.
“It’ll be good for him to have a real inner look at what’s going on between those silly ears,” Poulter said with a smile, pointing to his head. “It will be great for him in his learning experience to try and become a touring player.”
Poulter said his son was recruited by colleges and hopes to enlist this summer.
“He loves the game. He wants to do what I do. It’s the only thing going on in his brain, ”Poulter said. “He will go to university next August. He fully believes in his spirit if he continues to work hard and improve himself, he will have the opportunity.
“He’s much further along than where I was. But I wasn’t very advanced at 16.
Luke is around 6ft 2in and Poulter says he already has a higher swing speed and produces faster ball speed than his Ryder Cup star dad.
“But where he didn’t beat me was on the golf course,” Poulter said. “I rarely play (at home). But when we play, he didn’t beat me. I’ll save him. It’s good to make him win. And I’ll reward him when he does.