Lowry Treats Poulter To Wine After TPC Sawgrass Hole-In-One

The Irishman sends his Players Championship playing partner an expensive gift to help celebrate his incredible shot

Shane Lowry, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose
(Image credit: Twitter)

Ian Poulter has taken to social media to reveal an unexpected perk of being Shane Lowry’s playing partner.

At the recent Players Championship, Lowry made an incredible hole-in-one at TPC Sawgrass’s infamous 17th Island Green. After his feat, the ecstatic Irishman immediately turned to playing partner Poulter, where the pair gleefully chest-bumped. But the celebrations didn’t end there. Now Poulter has posted a video to his Twitter account explaining that Lowry also sent him a very expensive bottle of red wine to mark the occasion. Poulter said in the video: “When you play golf with Shane Lowry at the Players Championship and he gets a hole-in-one on the 17th, what does he do? He sends you a lovely bottle of Opus One to wash down the steak.” 

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The camera then pans to Lee Westwood, who congratulates... Lowry’s caddie! Brian ‘Bo’ Martin is on the bag for Lowry and was alongside him at TPC Sawgrass when he made the 10th hole-in-one in the course’s history. In the video, Westwood lifts his glass of wine and says: “Good club, Bo!” Poulter follows with an identical message before finally we see Justin Rose, who simply says: “Best today. Cheers, boys!” The video ends with Poulter raising his glass and saying, “Cheers. Well done, Shane.”

Lowry himself was one of the first people to respond to the message, replying: “No problem lads, hope you enjoyed it!” At the price it costs, you would hope they did – the 2018 Opus One wine Lowry sent costs around £200 per bottle. Let’s just hope the trio didn’t get too much of a taste for the wine – all three are competing in this week’s WGC-Match Play in Austin.

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.