Category: Ian Poulter

October 30, 2013

No big changes for Poulter's schedule, looking ahead to '14 Ryder Cup

Posted at 5:27 PM by Coleman McDowell
Jason Dufner, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose kneel in front of defending champion Ian Poulter before the HSBC Champions. Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

There has to be some reason grown men would subject themselves to photo opportunities like the one pictured above.

For Ian Poulter, part of reason is that he's the defending champ at the HSBC Champions where the picture was taken. Another part is the event counts towards the tournament limit for maintaining both PGA Tour and European Tour cards.

The delicate balance of scheduling tournaments, cross-country flights and ever-changing time zones has led players like Tiger Woods, Steve Stricker, Adam Scott and most recently, Phil Mickelson, to back off on their schedules. Poulter doesn't have that luxury. He maintains cards for both Tours, meaning he has to make 15 starts on the PGA Tour and 13 on the Euro Tour.

"The guys that are playing both sides of the pond have a commitment to make to uphold their cards, and it's difficult," Poulter said in a press conference before the opening round of the HSBC Champions. "It's difficult to fit in enough tournaments, and it's difficult to please everybody to play enough golf tournaments."

On top of the list of people to please is Poulter's family. He lives in Orlando and has four children with his wife Katie.

"Being away from my family for a period of a month, not that everyone needs to get their Kleenex out and start wiping their eyes, but it's a long time to be away from the kids and I miss them," Poulter said, who added he was away from home for nine consecutive weeks earlier in his career during a run of tournaments in South Africa, Australia and Malaysia. "I feel sometimes we are pressured in some way to play golf as much as we are, and we have to be very, very careful with our schedule to make sure that we have a fine balance of a good home life and a good business balance to be able to make sure we're playing the best golf we possibly can."

Poulter has 16 wins as a professional, but just two of those victories came on the PGA Tour. Only one was in the U.S. (2010 Accenture Match Play.) But the Euorpean Ryder Cup hero doesn't plan on making any tweaks to his 2014 schedule.

"It's just about being clever with the schedule to make sure you're not doing too many trips across the pond and that you can stay as fresh as possible," Poulter said. "So I won't be changing my schedule an awful lot to be honest. I'll still maintain my two cards, and I need it to do that because obviously I want to play the Ryder Cup."

So do we, Ian.

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August 29, 2013

Check out Bradley's new Howard Stern wedge

Posted at 4:30 PM by Pete Madden

2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley delighted fans of The Howard Stern Show today, posting a photo of his wedge with "Baba Booey" engraved on the clubhead.

The phrase is at the center of a polarizing issue among tour players -- Bradley, a longtime fan of the show, and fellow PGA Champion Jason Dufner have embraced its ever-increasing use, while other players, most notably Ian Poulter, hate when fans scream "Baba Booey!," "Mashed potatoes!" or "Get in the hole!" after a player hits his tee shot.

There's at least one thing those three should be able to agree on: no one could have predicted that Howard Stern would leave his mark ... good or bad ... on golf.

August 11, 2013

Howard Stern corrects Ian Poulter on Twitter

Posted at 10:28 PM by Mike Walker

Ian Poulter is fed up with fans yelling after drives at PGA Tour events. The most popular exclamations are probably "mashed potatoes!" and "Baba Booey!" But while the provenance of "mashed potatoes" is murky, "Baba Booey" is the nickname of Howard Stern Show producer Gary Dell'Abate and a touchstone for Stern fans everywhere. Golf fans especially like to yell "Baba Booey!" at Keegan Bradley. a self-professed Stern fanatic. However, the phrase must sound a little strange to Ian Poulter, whose tweet about "baba boo" received a correction from the King of All Media himself.


Poulter quickly responded:



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July 23, 2013

Fans to choose hole location at PGA Championship

Posted at 10:14 AM by Coleman McDowell

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If Phil Mickelson or Ian Poulter have any complaints with the pin placement on No. 15 at Oak Hill during the final round of the PGA Championship, they won't have to look far to find the culprit.

For the first time in history, fans will get to step inside the ropes – albeit from behind their computer screens – and select the Sunday hole location for the 181-yard par-3.

"It really was Jack's idea to get more fan participation in the championship," said Kerry Haigh, PGA of America Chief Championships Officer. "And what better way than to select a hole location in the final round of the PGA Championship?"

None of the four selections present an easy opportunity for the professionals. Water waits for any shot that ventures too far right while three bunkers guard the left side of the green. Jack Nicklaus, the challenge host, says selection 'D' is the only one that presents a true challenge because it forces players to take on the pin instead of leaving it in the middle of the green.

Nicklaus won the PGA when it was hosted at Oak Hill in 1980 by a then-record seven strokes.

Fans can vote at

July 08, 2013

Ian Poulter uses Twitter to find new putter

Posted at 3:50 PM by Coleman McDowell

152912786When the average 15-handicapper decides to ditch his or her putter in search of new magic on the greens, it usually requires a trip to the local golf equipment store, reading reviews from Gary Van Sickle on or borrowing flatsticks from playing partners until the perfect club is found.

If you're Ian Poulter, you simply hit 'send' on a tweet, and putters begin to arrive at your office as club-makers jockey for their putter to be the 14th stick in your bag.

After Poulter finished tied for 25th in last week's French Open, he tweeted:

"I am sacking my putter, I will use a new putter at the Open. Putter manufacturers please send me some to try to my IJP office please. I'm not blaming the putter, I'm saying I want to use a new one. Every time I change I've had big success with a new look. Just some times you just need to look down on something new. And it's time. I holed 2 birdie putts today. 1 was 12" and the other 4". It's my Ryder Cup putter and I think it needs a rest in my trophy cabinet. Time for a change. Need a good visual for the Open."

The sacked putter is an Odyssey XG No. 7, which as Poulter points out was the putter used at the 2012 Ryder Cup that helped the Europeans complete a final day comeback to defeat the U.S.

Was the change necessary? Statistics lean towards yes. Poults currently ranks 91st in putting average, 80th in total putting and 133rd in putts ranging from 5-10 feet. But Poulter has been able to make the knee-knockers, only missing 10 putts (356 out of 366) inside five feet this year. Putting is ultimately about confidence and feel. Given Poulter's statements about how he performed after his previous switches, it appears that he is putting a high value on the psychological benefits of changing clubs. And in a season where Poulter has the same number of missed cuts and top 10s (2), he'll take any boost of confidence heading into Muirfield next week.

Searching through old bags for inspiration, Poulter tweeted a picture of his 20-year-old Ping Zing 2 putter that was signed in '93 by Fred Couples.

Hopefully he settles on something a little more modern for the Open.

Update: Putters are steadily coming in for Poulter. Yesterday he posted, "Looks like I'm going to have putters coming out of my ears in the next few days. Good that means lots of practice in my future." Taylormade and Odyssey putters were the first to arrive.


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April 23, 2013

Ian Poulter returns to Twitter after eight-day hiatus

Posted at 3:18 PM by Coleman McDowell

Ian Poulter has 1,474,384 followers on Twitter. He apparently doesn't appreciate all of them.

Last Monday, he said he was instituting a self-imposed ban from the social media site because of all of the "F#%€ing idiots." But now he's back. If only for a moment.

Being one of the more active players on social media, criticism on Twitter comes with the territory. Poulter routinely talks about blocking followers, but he reached a breaking point on the Monday after the Masters. He responded to a question inquiring if he had congratulated Adam Scott on his victory the previous day. MorganApple23 thought his response sounded curt and asked if he had sour grapes. Poulter said he was happy for Scott, but then sent out the following tweet announcing his departure from Twitter "for now."

Since he's tweeted pictures of every section of his in-home trophy case and his children playing croquet while he watched soccer on his outdoor television, we can imagine Poulter has experienced some negative commentary on Twitter.

February 26, 2013

Poutler: Match Play consolation round is waste of time

Posted at 12:58 PM by Mike Walker

We guess you could say Ian Poulter was inconsolable. After losing his semifinal match to Hunter Mahan at the World Match Play Championship Sunday morning, Poulter went right back out to play his consolation match against Jason Day. Poulter lost the match to Day to finish fourth in the tournament (and pick up a $500,000 check). Afterward, Poulter vented to his 1.4 million Twitter followers about why he had to play a consolation match that no one cares about.






Fortunately, Poulter had something to cheer him up when he got home.



January 08, 2013

SI Golf Ranking: McIlroy starts year as unanimous No. 1

Posted at 12:19 PM by

Each week, 13 staffers from SI Golf+, Golf Magazine and  SI-Golf-RANKINGvote for  their top 10, awarding 10 points to their first choice and proceeding in descending order to the 10th player, who gets one point. The points are then added and the ranking calculated. This ranking aims to be an of-the-moment measure of who’s playing the best right now. Tell us your top 10 in the comments field below.


1. Rory McIlroy (130, 13, 1) - Last three finishes: 1, DP World Tour Championship; MC, UBS Hong Kong Open; 3, Barclays Singapore Open
-Official World Golf Ranking: 1

2. Tiger Woods (106, 0, 2) - Last three finishes: T4, World Challenge; T4, CIMB Classic; Semi-Finalist, Turkish Airlines World Golf Final
- Official World Golf Ranking: 3

3. Keegan Bradley (63, 0, 5) - Last three finishes: 2, World Challenge; 23, WGC-HSBC Championship; 3-1-0, Ryder Cup
- Official World Golf Ranking: 13

4. Jason Dufner (62, 0, 3) - Last three finishes: T15, World Challenge; T2, WGC-HSBC Champions; 2, Perth International
- Official World Golf Ranking: 9

5. Ian Poulter (58, 1, 4) - Last three finishes: 17, World Challenge; T26, DP World Tour Championship; 2, Talisker Masters
- Official World Golf Ranking: 12

6. Luke Donald (54, 0, 6) - Last three finishes: T3, DP World Tour Championship; 1, Dunlop Phoenix; T18, WGC-HSBC Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 2

T7. Justin Rose (32, 0, T10) - Last three finishes: 11, Nedbank Golf Challenge; 2, DP World Tour Championship; T24, WGC-HSBC Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking : 4

T7. Charl Schwartzel (32, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 1, Alfred Dunhill Championship; 1, Thailand Golf Champions; 3, DP World Tour Championship
- Official World Golf Ranking: 14

9. Brandt Snedeker (28, 0, 8) - Last three finishes: T13, World Challenge; T11, WGC-HSBC Championship; 1-2-0, Ryder Cup
- Official World Golf Ranking: 10

10. Bubba Watson (24, 0, NR) - Last three finishes: 9, World Challenge; 33, WGC-HSBC Championship; 3, PGA Grand Slam of Golf
- Official World Golf Ranking : 8

Others receiving votes:
Phil Mickelson (23)
Graeme McDowell (21)
Dustin Johnson (20)
Lee Westwood (13)
Louis Oosthuizen (12)
Adam Scott (12)
Webb Simpson (8)
Bo Van Pelt (8)
Sergio Garcia (5)
Ernie Els (3)
Martin Kaymer (1)

January 07, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Johnny Miller-Ian Poulter spat adds excitement to Kapalua

Posted at 10:19 AM by Samantha Glover

Despite three-straight canceled rounds, Hyundai's Tournament of Champions is making headlines this morning for a twitter-fueled spat between Johnny Miller and Ian Poulter.

Miller's on-air remarks about Poulter stirred up trouble, according to a report by Golf Channel's Jason Sobel:

While Poulter backed off a putt on the 11th green multiple times, Miller referred to him as “fairly dramatic.” Minutes later, when he took some time to hit an approach shot into the 12th hole, Miller had the following exchange with fellow commentator Dan Hicks:

Miller: “It's like he's starring in the movie ‘The Winds of Maui’ and is trying to make it very dramatic.”

Hicks: “Well, he is a man comfortable in the leading role isn't he?”

Miller: “Yes, he sure is.”

After play was halted, Poulter heard varying accounts of Miller's remarks and took to Twitter to defend himself.

After hearing Johnny's comments himself on a later re-broadcast, Poulter took to Twitter again:

October 26, 2012

Video: Trick shot master Geoff Swain schools Ian Poulter

Posted at 12:53 PM by Mark Dee

Hat Tip to Shane Bacon at CBS Sports for tracking down this video of trick shot master Geoff Swain teaching regular shot master Ian Poulter some of the goofier ways to hit a golf ball.

In the video, a promo for Puma and Cobra, Poults is quick on the uptake (even if, in the end, it's not a great endorsement for Cobra's epoxy -- you'll see). If he really wanted to see results, Swain should have painted a certain starred flag on the ball.

Check it out below, and, you know, feel free to try them out… provided I'm not on the range nearby.

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