Pohl was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan and is recognized as one of the state's greatest all-time, all-around athletes. A star baseball player and pro prospect as well as the starting point guard on a 20-0 regular season and 9th ranked basketball team in the state, he became the top golf recruit in 1973 of the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he had a distinguished career as a member of the school's golf team. While in college he twice won the prestigious Michigan Amateur Championship (1975, 1978) at historic Belvedere Golf Club. He turned pro in 1977 and joined the PGA Tour in 1978. Pohl developed a loyal following as the longest hitter on tour early in his career, but would win only after learning to control his natural power while becoming one of the best long iron players stalking the tour fairways. The brilliance of his career was cut short by serious lumbar back surgery in 1987, the first of numerous surgeries Pohl had to endure during his career.
His career then followed a steep trajectory upward, tying Craig Stadler for first place at the 1982 Masters while establishing a course record 30 on the backside on Sunday before losing a heartbreaking playoff to Stadler. Pohl played the 14,15,16 & 17 holes in six under (Eagle-Birdie-Birdie-Eagle) in establishing the final round course record. His ascent to the top culminated with his arrival in the Top 5 on the PGA Tour money list in 1986. He broke through into the winner's circle in 1986 winning the prestigious NEC World Series of Golf and the Colonial National Invitational and was awarded two of golf's greatest recognitions- the Vardon Trophy for lowest stroke average on tour and a spot on the Ryder Cup Team coached by Jack Niclaus. Pohl had over 75 Top-10 finishes including more than a dozen second or third place finishes.
Pohl has seven Top-10 finishes in major tournaments. His best finish in a major was 2nd at the 1982 Masters which he lost to Craig Stadler in a playoff. He also had a third place finish at the 1981 PGA Championship and a T-3 at the 1982 U.S. Open.
In 1980, Pohl led the tour in driving average at 274.1 yards. He was a member of the 1987 Ryder Cup Team. He won the Vardon Trophy in 1987 and was inducted into the Michigan Golf Hall of Fame in May 2004. He is widely regarded as one of the two greatest golfers in Michigan history.
Since turning 50 in April 2005, Pohl has played on the Champions Tour. His best finish at this level has been a T-3 at the 2005 Commerce Bank Long Island Classic. He has designed golf courses around the United States with his signature work being the prestigious PohlCat course in Mt. Pleasant, MI, where he was born. He lives in Phoenix and summers in the Mt. Pleasant area where he provides golf instruction at his course, and enjoys hunting and fishing in his spare time.