Ian Poulter Continues To Crave Attention

Michael FitzpatrickFeatured ColumnistJuly 14, 2010

TURNBERRY, SCOTLAND - JULY 16:  Ian Poulter of England gestures during round one of the 138th Open Championship on the Ailsa Course, Turnberry Golf Club on July 16, 2009 in Turnberry, Scotland.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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You all remember Ian Poulter, don’t you?

He was that fella who briefly made headlines a few years ago when he said "one day it will be just me and Tiger.”

Or, perhaps you are not familiar with Poulter, because that “one day” has not yet arrived.

Whether you are familiar with Poulter or not, he is once again making headlines around the world, this time for saying America’s reign of winning Major Championships has come to an end.

"The American guys who have won all the tournaments over the past few years are getting older," Poulter said from St. Andrews, Scotland, where he is on hand for the 139th Open Championship.

"Phil [Mickelson] is 40—can he do what Vijay [Singh] did in his forties? He's strong enough; it's whether he is hungry enough, I guess. The talent to replace them is very young and needs a bit more experience. We have a 15-year window. The Americans have a gap and that gap is being filled by Europeans, guys who are in their late twenties, early thirties and who are doing the job right now."

There are some people in this world who just crave attention.

Lady Gaga comes to mind, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton.

Well Poulter is golf’s version of Lady Gaga. He dresses in a manner that just screams “Look at me…please,” and he is quick to make bold statements that come across as a way to simply keep his name out there in the public eye.

Perhaps trash talking is still so new in golf that Poulter is unfamiliar with the unwritten rules of sports trash talking.

1) Back up your words with your golf clubs.

If Poulter was backing all of this up with his golf clubs, it could be brushed aside, but he’s not.

Poulter has won just one PGA Tour event in 111 starts.  Folks, that’s a .009 winning percentage, which is actually .009 percent better than his winning percentage in the Majors.

Poulter has just three top-10s in Majors during the course of his entire career.  Woods and Mickelson will more than likely match that stat this season alone.

2) Bring some kind of unique talent to the table.

Be a great putter, or the best iron player in the world, or better yet, at least be a big hitter.  Bubba Watson, now that guy could talk some trash if he wanted to (which he doesn’t).


He’s averaging a mere 288 yards off the tee, which ranks 59th on the PGA Tour.  He’s 127th in driving accuracy and 175th in GIR, so he can’t even chalk his lack of distance off to being a tactical fairways and greens guy.

3) Make bold statements, but make sure they have at least some merit behind them.

Nick Faldo was the last British-born player to win a Major Championship…in 1996!

Poulter, buddy, that’s a 14-year drought for those who pay taxes to the Queen.

Now, is America’s reign of completely dominating Major Championships beginning to wane?


But is it over?

That’s a factless statement considering Americans have won 54 percent of all Majors since 2005, and have won 50 percent of Majors this season.

This week the best players in the world will be competing for golf’s oldest Major Championship title—The Open Championship.

No British player other than Nick Faldo has won the Open Championship in more than three decades.


Aside from Harrington, and now McDowell, you have to go back to Paul Lawrie at the 1999 Open Championship to find the last European Major champion.

Everyone is, of course, entitled to their opinion on how the future may pan out.  However, if we are all entitled to our own opinions, we are also entitled to criticize opinions, particularly those which are not backed up by factual information.  

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