MANCHESTER-born Sam Horsfield is hoping for a first class show in America – after being paired up with the man they call The Postman.
Ian Poulter’s record in the Ryder Cup has earned him the popular nickname – because he always delivers when needed – and now he will join Horsfield in the only team event on the PGA TOUR in the United States.
The Zurich Classic takes place at the end of this month, with Poulter – who has played in six Ryder Cups – joining Horsfield, who is on only his second year as a European Tour player.
Poulter is already a big fan of the 22 years-old, having tipped Horsfield for success from an early age after impressing as a junior – he carded a 59 at the age of 13 at the Highlands Reserve Golf Club in Orlando and enjoyed a successful amateur career in America.
Steve Worthy, CEO of the Fore!Kids Foundation, producer of the tournament, was delighted with the pairing, saying: “Ian Poulter is one of the most successful European players in Ryder Cup history while is partner Sam Horsfield enjoyed a successful rookie season on the European Tour last year, and we look forward to his debut here this year.”
Horsfield played college golf played at the University of Florida, where he won three tournaments as a freshman in 2015. He also came through qualifying to compete in the U.S. Open in both 2015 and 2016.
The 22 years-old joined the professional ranks in 2017 and won the final stage of European Tour qualifying by eight shots to earn his card for 2018.
He enjoyed a successful rookie season on the European Tour, recording three top fives and six top tens, including a runner-up finish at the Tshwane Open and a tie for fifth in the Sky Sports British Masters.
In his only start on the PGA TOUR this season, Horsfield tied for 33rd in the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard. In 2018, he tied for 14th in the same tournament.
This year’s Zurich Classic takes place from April 22-28, 2019 at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Purse for the event totals $7.3 million, with each member of the winning team earning $1,051,200.