Who Is Ian Poulter’s Caddie?

Ian Poulter worked with Terry Mundy for many years before teaming up with James Walton

Ian Poulter and his caddie James Walton
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Ian Poulter has had a few caddies on his bag over the course of his long and successful career, but James Walton appears to have got the gig for the time being. Walton, who's been caddying for about 15 years, has started 2023 on the bag in the Middle East.

Besides Poulter, the Bedford man has caddied for a number of top players, including Seung-Yul Noh, Suzanne Pettersen, Kyle Stanley, Y.E. Yang, Richard Lee, Robert Karlsson, Billy Mayfair and Suzann Pettersen.

Poulter, a 12-time DP World Tour winner, who joined LIV Golf last year, has also enjoyed lengthy periods working with experienced looper, Terry Mundy. In fact, Mundy was on the bag for 11 years before retiring in 2017 due to ongoing back problems.

Ian Poulter with long time caddie Terry Mundy

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Mundy, who has previous experience working with Laura Davies and Alison Nicolas, began caddying as a profession in 1989. Before that, he used to work as a printer in his local town of Bletchley, near Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire. He was also a good player in his own right, playing to a handicap of three.

At the Wells Fargo Championship in 2021, Poulter had his son, Luke (below), on the bag, and he shared the proud moment on his Instagram account. It was a tournament won by Rory McIlroy and although the Englishman missed the cut, no blame was attached to his teenage son, who looks to be eyeing up a future as a professional golfer himself.

Still, Poulter Jr can always count on his dad for a bit of work should he need it. The pair looked to be having a good time together when Luke took the bag again at the JP McManus Pro-Am last July.

Ian Poulter and his son Luke

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When Poulter lost regular bagman Mundy to injury, he was made road manager. However, it appears Mundy has not totally called it quits so far as caddying is concerned, and he's been spotted on the course with his old friend on a number of occasions since 2017. 

In only January last year, Mundy was on the bag for the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. He also appeared to be working with Poulter in June when LIV Golf visited the Centurion Club. It all suggests that the 47-year-old still teams up with Mundy on occasions. Between him, Walton and his son, Luke, he doesn't appear to be short of offers.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

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