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British golf star Ian Poulter has revealed his ordeal attempting to watch England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday after he spent £100,000 on tickets for the fixture.
‘The Postman’ was in a mad scramble to make the match after finishing with a share of fourth place at the Scottish Open in Berwick, a little east of Edinburgh.
Poulter, 45, caught a private jet in an effort to see as much of the game as possible but said organisers “wouldn’t let me into the ground” until it was almost over.
He completed the 400-mile-or-so trip south as quickly as he could, although an Instagram post detailing the desperate dash explained it was far from straightforward: “What a crazy day.
“Tee off at 11.11 and shoot 8 Under par 63 to hold the Clubhouse Lead for a long time.
“Weather delay keeps us from leaving the course and catching an all important flight to make the (England football) match.
“Finally when play resumed and 1 player had posted -18 we left for the plane. @netjets did what they do best and got me to the stadium for the second half.
"@euro2020 wouldn’t let me into the ground for a good chunk of the second half, not sure why. Anyway finally made it in to watch the remainder of the game.
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“Amazing experience with a few of us in a box and truly gutted for the lads to not finish it off in penalties.
“Finishing T4th at the @scottish_open and moving into the @theopen this week feeling good. Let’s go.”
The only goals Poulter will have witnessed were those scored from the penalty spot as England lost the decisive shootout 3-2.
The Three Lions’ first major final in 55 years got off to a dream start after Luke Shaw scored the fastest goal in any European Championship final.
But Leonardo Bonucci crushed English spirits with a scrappy equaliser in the 67th-minute before going on to convert one of his country’s spot-kicks in the shootout.
The Sun reported Poulter forked out more than £50,000 apiece to procure box seats for him and his son, Luke, though it’s up for debate as to whether the pair got their money’s worth.
The Hertfordshire native at least covered his expenses (and then some) with his performance at the Renaissance Club, earning a £240,000 prize for finishing joint-fourth at the Scottish Open.
Australian Min Woo Lee was a surprise victor at the tournament after birdieing the first play-off hole, narrowly beating Matthew Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry to top spot.
Poulter finished just one stroke off that group on 17-under overall, although missing the play-off at least allowed him to make a slightly sharper exit for Edinburgh Airport.
He’ll aim for better fortune at The Open this weekend, where Poulter is looking to impress again in the hopes he’ll make Europe’s Ryder Cup team before they face the United States in September.
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