Tuesday 20 August 2019

Ian Poulter goes from Union Jack to Tricolour on Day One of Irish Open

England's Ian Poulter is pictured during day one of the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club. Photo: Donall Farmer/PA Wire.
England's Ian Poulter is pictured during day one of the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club. Photo: Donall Farmer/PA Wire.

England's Ian Poulter got into the swing of things at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Lahinch Golf Club in Clare today by donning an Irish tricolour.

The Milton Keynes-born star - who famously wore Union Jack trousers at the British Open at Royal Troon back in 2004 - sported a green shirt, white belt and orange trousers on Day One.

The 43-year-old is unlikely to get a dressing down by Lahinch officials, however. In 2004, Poulter was reminded of his sartorial responsibilities by the then captain of Royal Troon, Arthur Dunsmuir.

At the time, Dunsmuir said: "There is no specific rule regarding the banning of that style of trousers. However, having said that, we wouldn't wish to encourage that type of attire."

Ian Poulter pictured at the British Open back in 2004
Ian Poulter pictured at the British Open back in 2004

Poulter responded by saying that he had been promising his friends that he would wear some 'special' trousers at the British Open.

"I'm always trying to be different," said Poulter. "I don't like the way most people dress on the golf course. I think it's pretty bland, pretty boring. People were smiling and laughing and I received a few loud wolf whistles. It's good to go out there and enjoy it and let the spectators enjoy it as well."

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