‘I was not letting you down’: Ryder Cup hero Ian Poulter sends heartwarming message to son Luke… 14 years on from his winning debut when he flew home with the trophy and baby boy
- Ian Poulter paid tribute to his son, Luke, after winning the Ryder Cup on Sunday
- The 42-year-old helped Team Europe by overcoming Dustin Johnson in Paris
- Poulter told his 14-year-old boy that ‘dreams do come true’ on Instagram
- Poulter posed with the Ryder Cup and baby Luke 14 years ago after his debut win
Ian Poulter has paid tribute to his son, Luke, after helping Europe reclaim the Ryder Cup in Paris on Sunday.
The 42-year-old guided Team Europe on their way to victory after overcoming World No 1 Dustin Johnson in Sunday’s singles before going on to celebrate with his golf-mad son.
Poulter took to social media after the win to post an image of himself embracing his 14-year-old boy along with a heartwarming message.
Ian Poulter (left) embraces his 14-year-old son, Luke (right), after winning the Ryder Cup
Poulter (L) poses for a photo with Paul Casey (C) and Sergio Garcia (R) and his son in 2004
‘As a parent, these moments we get to spend with one another sometimes are few and far between Luke, but when moments like this come around I was not letting you down today,’ Poulter wrote on Instagram.
‘You lived every shot with us this week… love you buddy. Dreams do come true.’
The heartwarming message comes a week after Poulter promised his son that he will be able to hold the trophy again – 14 years after touching it as a baby.
Poulter was snapped alongside Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia on a flight following Team Europe’s Ryder Cup victory in 2004 while baby Luke slept clutching the trophy.
Baby Luke clutches the Ryder Cup in 2004 after Team Europe beat Team USA at Oakland Hills
Poulter relived the moments of that plane journey home 14 years ago as he told The Sun: ‘It’s every special having Luke here – he was on the plane when I played my first Ryder Cup 14 years ago.
‘There was a lovely picture on the front of a magazine back then when he was asleep cuddling the trophy.
‘Actually, Sergio was leaning over the back of his chair, and he was kind of just touching the trophy and the lid fell off and smacked Luke on the head, which woke him up.
‘It’s great to be able to bring him her this time around, where he fully understands it; he understands golf now as a young man at 14, and as the excitable character he is – the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!’