• The 40-year-old will receive PGA Recognition Award
• Nicolas Colsaerts will be this year's special guest in Glasgow
IAN POULTER | THE PGA
Injury may have kept him out of a large chunk of the 2016 season, but Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter will be receiving an award for his services to golf.
The 40-year-old will follow in the footsteps of some of golf’s greatest names – including Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke – in claiming the PGA Recognition Award for his outstanding contribution to golf at this year’s annual fundraising lunch.
"Ian’s is a truly inspirational story" - Sandy Jones
Poulter, who qualified as a PGA professional back in the 1990s before scaling the heights of the game as a player, will be the guest of honour at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on Friday, December 16.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Ian will be the guest of honour at the PGA lunch and receive this award,” said PGA chief executive Sandy Jones. “Ian’s is a truly inspirational story that shows that if you combine talent and determination, you can achieve your dreams.
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“He has excelled on the world stage and nowhere more so than through his Ryder Cup feats which are on a par with anything we have seen in the history of the matches. No-one will ever forget his performance on Saturday afternoon in the 2012 Ryder Cup which played such a huge part in the Miracle at Medinah.”
Poulter hasn't played competitively since the Dean & Deluca Invitational in May after a problem with an arthritic joint in his foot.
The injury subsequently ruled him out of the US Open, The Open, US PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, before he was swiftly announced as a vice-captain by captain Clarke.
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While Poulter takes centre stage in the capital, two other PGA lunches are also taking place in December.
Fellow Ryder Cupper Jamie Donaldson is the special guest at The Midland Hotel in Manchester on Friday, December 2, while Nicolas Colsaerts takes the spotlight at Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel on Wednesday, December 14.
The annual lunches are among the most popular and important dates on the PGA calendar with money raised going towards the PGA Benevolent Fund which each year helps PGA Members through difficult times - often the result of serious illness and life-changing injuries.
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