Ian Poulter – Open Championship Golfers

Ian Poulter is the kind of man you either love or hate but there is one thing certain about this colourful young Englishman, he is not afraid to speak his mind!

Controversial Quote

Poulter fell head long into controversy not so long ago when he was quoted saying “Don’t get me wrong, I really respect every professional golfer, but I know I haven’t played to my full potential and when that happens, it will be just me and Tiger.” Whether the man was misquoted or not seems irrelevant as to mention his own name in the same breath as the rampant King of Golf, Tiger Woods, is a tad arrogant one would think, especially considering Poulter hasn’t bagged a title on either the PGA or European Tour since 2006!
Poulter has talent, loads of it, but he seems to battle with consistency, a problem that only he can overcome. He started his career as one of the young men tipped to make it right the way to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking, and he started impressively enough, winning a title on the European Tour each and every year, bar one, since the year 2000 – the same year his inordinate talent was recognised with the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award.
Since the Madrid Open in 2006 Poulter has not won anything but he would have taken a lot of confidence out of his second place finish to Ireland’s champion golfer, Padraig Harrington, at the 2008 Open, a journey he will be hoping to emulate and better next season!

Faldo’s Pick for Kentucky

Not all is doom and gloom for the young man who wore trousers with the Claret Jug printed on them for both his 2005 and 2006 Open Championship campaign – he was recently named as one of Nick Faldo’s wild cards for the 2008 Ryder Cup to be held in Kentucky in September, an accolade that may just propel him back to his best form. He did, after all, card the winning points for the Europeans at the 2004 Ryder Cup Clash!
Poulter opted to try his luck on the PGA Tour too and as of 2005 he has been playing in the States on a regular basis but with little reward. Once he has found his feet and his form, he is sure to bag a couple of much-needed trophies in the near future and one of them, he will be hoping, will be that darn Claret Jug that seems to slip from his grasp right at the last moment!