Ian Poulter has revealed his crazy run from the Scottish Open to London on Sunday night to witness England and Italy play in the Euro 2020 final.
The English golfer had tickets for the Wembley extravaganza, but he had to finish his campaign by winning the Scottish Open at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, which was roughly 400 miles away from the venue.
Poulter was nervously gazing at the clock during his round owing to a protracted delay caused by the danger of a storm, but he still produced a fantastic 63 to grab the clubhouse lead at 17 under par and put himself in serious contention to win the tournament.
But, after Min Woo Lee shot a score of 18 under par, eliminating Poulter’s prospects of winning the Scottish Open, the Ryder Cup legend left early to catch a private aircraft to Wembley Stadium.
He arrived in time for the second half, but the Wembley stadium staff initially refused to let him in.
He eventually made it in for a portion of the second half, then sat through extra time and the penalty shootout that followed.
Ian Poulter confessed he made a wild run from the Scottish Open to the Euro 2020 final on Sunday. The English golfer had seats in a box at Wembley but needed to speed in a 400-mile race Poulter revealed that weather delays destroyed his chances of getting to London on time According to The Sun, Poulter had spent PS50,000 each on tickets for him and his son Luke to watch on in a Wembley box.
After placing fourth behind Lee in a play-off against Thomas Detry and Matthew Fitzpatrick at the Renaissance Club last week, the golfer earned PS240,000 in prize money.
‘Such a crazy day,’ Poulter wrote on Instagram.
Tee off at 11:11 a.m. and shoot an 8-under-par 63 to take the Clubhouse Lead for the first time in a long time.
‘Weather delays prevent us from leaving the course and catching a crucial flight in time for the (England football) match.’
‘Finally, once play resumed and one player had posted a score of -18, we boarded the plane.’
@netjets performed their job and got me to the stadium in time for the second half.
‘I’m not sure why @Euro2020 wouldn’t let me into the ground for a significant amount of the second half.’
However, I finally got in to see the rest of the game.
‘Fantastic experience with a handful of us in a box, and I’m so disappointed the lads didn’t end it in penalties.’
T4th at the @Scottish_Open, and looking forward to the rest of the week.
Let’s go.’ Poulter (left) finished on -17 in North Berwick, but had to wait until others passed him to depart. Poulter made it through the second half and extra-time, but England lost on penalties. Poulter watched as Gareth Southgate’s side failed to break Italy’s tenacity in extra-time, before losing on penalties.
Jordan Pickford gave the Three Lions hope by saving Andrea Belotti and Jorginho penalties, but Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed penalty kicks, breaking England’s hearts.
The result means England’s 55-year wait for a major trophy will continue, but Poulter is hoping to end the country’s bad Open Championship record, which has lasted a similar amount of time.
After finishing joint-fourth in Scotland, the 45-year-old is aiming to become the first Englishman to win the Open in 52 years at Sandiwch’s Royal St George’s Golf Club.