Ian Poulter is one of the most exciting talents in golf today. He is easily identifiable with his fashionable dress, multi-colored Oakley sunglasses, finely manicured sideburns and multi-colored hair styles.
Ian took up the game at the age of four when his dad, Terry, a single figure handicapper, gave him a cut-down three wood. Ian turned professional at 19 then won the Open de CÂ´te d’Ivoire on the European Challenge Tour in 1999 but finished 30th in the order of merit and had to visit Qualifying School to successfully win his Tour card back.
Ian then won The Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 2000 and four years later made a successful Ryder Cup debut as part of Bernhard Langera’s victorious European Team.
Ian’s colorful hairstyles and clothing gained notoriety in the 2004 majors where he wore trousers that featured pink during the Masters Tournaments, then Union Jack colors in the British Open, then United States stars and stripes designs for the US PGA Championship. Ian has also developed his own clothing line – IP Designs, which is available at his Web site – Ian Poulter
Q & A
You broke a few clubs?
There’s days when you shoot par, and should’ve been six under. It’s frustrating, I’ve learned to try and control it. I’m still very passionate on a bad day. I’ll show some passion, and that’s the perfectionist in me. I’ve learned how to move on to the next tee, I’ll use that inner passion the right way, rather than negatively. It snowballs too easily with anger and frustration carrying over from hole to hole. Now I’m in position to channel that aggression into shot-making.
Why do you choose Oakley?
It’s quite simple, really: I wear Oakley because it’s the best. You want to look, feel and play your best. With the way technology has come along and the clarity of the lens, I have 100% trust in what I’m seeing. Add on all the styles and colors? I love wearing them. And when I play, I know I'm wearing the best in the business.
What’s it like to be a PGA Tour professional?
It’s the best job in the world. After sitting in a pro shop working twelve hour shifts for five years in my teens and early 20s, it’s been a dream come true. To be successful at a job that I love doing a sport, even more so. I feel lucky. Proud. And that’s why I appreciate everything that comes with it. Success breeds success. So I test myself all the time, trying new shots, working, practicing. And ultimately: winning.
What are your expectations or goals?
My goal, every week, is to win. And it's a fine line between setting unrealistic expectation levels while setting your goals. But I expect myself to perform. To play well. And I’ve worked to relax and really enjoy the moment. Those are the days you perform your best. Surround yourself with good people, focus on your main goals, relax your mind and you will perform.
And spent some quality time in the zone?
It’s what you live for. Sometimes, it’s not even explainable. You’re on the course, making putts, holing second shots, just doing your thing. It happens without any real reason. You can be in it so good that at the end of the day, you say, “How did that just happen?” And you wonder why every day can’t be like that.