Stenson, Poulter to host own series on SiriusXM
The dry humor of Henrik Stenson and brash talk of Ian Poulter can soon be heard on the radio.
Stenson, the No. 3 player in the world and the first to capture the FedEx Cup and Race to Dubai in the same season, will host his own show next year on SiriusXM. Also getting his own show on the PGA Tour Radio channel at SiriusXM is Poulter, the Ryder Cup stalwart who challenged Stenson for the European Tour money title that ended in Dubai.
Still to be determined are the launch dates and when the shows will air.
Stenson only looks like a stoic Swede. He has a witty outlook on life on tour, and once produced a European Tour video with a split camera in which he interviewed himself. He once pulled a prank on a fellow Swedish player by bursting through his balcony door at a hotel and feigning a hold-up. And until he won The Players Championship, he was best known for stripping to his white underwear to play a shot out of a water hazard at Doral.
His golf this year was astounding the second half of the season - a pair of top 3s in the majors, wins at the Deutsche Bank Championship and Tour Championship to win the FedEx Cup, and then a win in Dubai to win Europe's money title.
''This has been an incredibly thrilling year for me, truly a dream season,'' Stenson said. ''I'm looking forward to being on SiriusXM and sharing my thoughts on golf and my unique experiences around the world. It will be fun to bring my listeners along for the ride and give them an unvarnished look at life on and off the course.''
Poulter, who has won World Golf Championships in Arizona (Match Play) and China (HSBC Champions), is best known for his stellar play in the Ryder Cup - along with his willingness to take on any subject. He once said in a magazine interview that when he reaches his potential, it will be him and Tiger Woods battling for No. 1.
''Those who know me know I've never been shy about sharing my opinions,'' Poulter said. ''Now to have my own national radio show on SiriusXM will be great fun.''
Poulter said he would talk on everything from fashion to Ferraris, Formula One and Arsenal, his favorite football team. And it won't hurt to have his own radio series during a Ryder Cup year, especially after he provided so many key putts to spark Europe's comeback last year at Medinah. The Ryder Cup will be in September in Scotland, and Europe hasn't lot a Ryder Cup at home since 1993.
SiriusXM starts its 10th year in 2014, providing play-by-play coverage of PGA Tour events and live call-in shows of golf news and analysis. Scott Greenstein, the president and chief content officer of SiriusXM, said the European golfers will offer ''unique and enlightening insights'' in their lives and the tour.