Ryder Cup Stars Take To The Track At Miami F1 Grand Prix

Ian Poulter and Bubba Watson were seen enjoying their day in Miami, with both men being driven around the circuit in a McLaren race car

Miami Grand Prix
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When it comes to Formula 1 and golf, the two sports are actually very similar. Both are individual sports, both require you to be at maximum performance and, perhaps in different ways, both can get the adrenaline going.

What's more, some Formula 1 drivers are actually golf mad, with Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz and George Russell regularly taking to the course when they aren't racing some of the finest machines man has ever seen.

This weekend, the Formula 1 circuit heads to Miami for the very first time in its history, and it seems that some of golf's most notable names are enjoying the action, with two-time Major champion, Bubba Watson, and Ryder Cup hero, Ian Poulter, appearing at the circuit.

Poulter and Norris on the range

Poulter and F1 star, Lando Norris, ahead of the 2022 Slync.io Dubai Desert Classic Pro-Am

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It's no secret that Poulter is a MEGA Formula 1 fan, with the Englishman owning many Ferraris and a home racing simulator. He also appeared in multiple virtual races during the Covid pandemic lockdown through 2020 and 2021.

Posting a story on his Instagram, the 46-year-old was pictured alongside his son Josh at the Miami circuit, with the duo also appearing alongside three-time World Drivers' Championship winner, Sir Jackie Stewart, as well as Watson himself.

Along with the appearance, the Englishman has been regularly pictured and videoed alongside F1 stars Norris and Sainz, with Poulter actually giving both a golf lesson on the range and course.

Poulter at F1

Just a few snaps of Poulter's day

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Watson also posted about his experience on Twitter, with the two-time Masters champion taking part in the track day. Going around the circuit in a McLaren supercar, the American seemed to very much enjoy his lap.

Before getting in the car, Bubba says: "About to do my hot lap. We are going to go real slow and keep it under 65. The best part is my favourite golfer Ian Poulter is here."

Bubba then posted a second video, with the camera getting his immediate reaction after the flying lap, with the 43-year-old stating: "That was awesome! I only pee'd once! We passed a guy and I thought the car was going to flip a couple of times. It was unbelievable!"  

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x