Ian Poulter has enjoyed a momentous end to the season and Europe’s Ryder Cup talisman is celebrating a new award after being voted the Golfers’ Hero of the Year after a survey of around 100,000 golfers.
Poulter, 36, was the overwhelming choice of the clients of Your Golf Travel, one of Europe’s leading golf travel companies, following his heroic display at the Ryder Cup at the end of September as the European team staged its biggest ever comeback to retain the trophy against all the odds.
As well as winning all four of his matches at Medinah, the 36-year-old Englishman won the WGC-HSBC Champions event at the start of November and finished runner-up at the Australian Masters to move up to 13th in the world rankings.
And he registered top-10 finishes in six of his last 10 tournaments before the 2012 Race to Dubai Final.
Small wonder then that a staggering 69 per cent of responding Your Golf Travel customers voted for the Woburn-based former world number five, leaving world number one Rory McIlroy and a resurgent 14-time Major-winning Tiger Woods in his wake.
The delighted Poulter was presented with his award by Your Golf Travel co-founder Ross Marshall at the season-ending Race to Dubai Final.
Poulter said: “I’m really honoured to receive the Golfers’ Hero of the Year award – the support I’ve had this year from fans was key to the success I’ve enjoyed on the course.”
Marshall added: “Having watched Ian’s exploits first hand in Medinah, I was thrilled to be able to present the Golfers’ Hero of the Year award to him. It was a team event but nobody would ever question who was the European leader out on the course – his performance was phenomenal. ”
Launched in 2005, Your Golf Travel offers golf holidays and breaks to more than 3,000 destinations worldwide through its website and brochure.
The firm features a range of innovative golf breaks, including ‘inside the ropes’ packages to major championship venues, allowing golfers to follow in the footsteps of the pros, and has previously sold breaks for as little as £1.