like father, like son

Ian Poulter’s son Luke makes Asian Tour cut, is only 2 behind his father with 18 holes remaining

August 19, 2023

Luke Poulter caddies for his father Ian during a practice round in the 2022 Open Championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews.

Andrew Redington

Ian Poulter has company. And he has the same last name.

The longtime European Ryder Cup stalwart turned LIV Golf member is playing in the Asian Tour’s International Series event at Close House in England. If he thought he was going to show up and get in four casual rounds of competitive golf this week, his plans have now changed.

After three rounds, Poulter’s 19-year-old son Luke is hot on his heals.

Luke Poulter is a redshirt freshman on the University of Florida men’s golf team and is playing in his first professional event this week alongside his father. With three holes remaining in Round 2 on Friday, Luke was on the outside of the cut but finished birdie, eagle, par to make the cut on the number. Dad had finished earlier and was there on the ninth hole watching his son complete the first task, greeting him with applause and a hug.

Now though, it’s getting serious. Ian shot one-over 72 on Saturday while Luke shot three-under 68 to make up four shots during the third round. Ian is tied for 13th place at two-under total while Luke is tied for 20th place at even par. Andy Ogletree leads the event at nine-under total.

Two other sons competed in the same event, but both missed the cut. Lee Westwood’s son Samuel shot 76-79 to miss the weekend. Lee made the cut but shot a third-round 81. Davis Love III’s son Dru shot 76-75.