Poulter's Austin Powers trousers stride into golf's sartorial history

Crazy trousers, crazy guy. Don't you just love Ian Poulter and his wacky taste in strides? If golf really is a game all about tradition then the 28-year-old followed in the grand one yesterday that says the dafter you dress, the better you must play.

Crazy trousers, crazy guy. Don't you just love Ian Poulter and his wacky taste in strides? If golf really is a game all about tradition then the 28-year-old followed in the grand one yesterday that says the dafter you dress, the better you must play.

But then again, even Jesper Parnevik, the master of sartorial inelegance, might have blushed at Poulter's get-up yesterday. Some of the public who rang up the Royal and Ancient to complain certainly did, as did some of the Royal Troon members, one of whom confessed that on an ordinary day Poulter wouldn't have got through the gates never mind on to the first tee. Why, the Milton Keynes professional might have got turned away from Henman Hill.

It wasn't the hat turned the wrong way that was so offensive, and definitely not the white shirt that was sobriety itself - it was those trousers, not to mention the matching trim on shoes and shades. In a Union Jack pattern they made Poulter look like a cross between Ginger Spice and Austin Powers. As one cad remarked, Poulter did not looked dressed for a game of golf so much as a sea burial.

The reception was mixed. The galleries, Poulter maintained, loved it, even though his level-par 71 hardly had them in awe. "I had a wolf whistle on the 7th," he said, while the fellow professionals just rolled their eyes. "I enjoy playing spectacular golf," Paul Casey said. "But I'm not going to wear spectacular clothing."

Peter Dawson, the R&A secretary, said Poulter "added a bit of colour" and revealed that the Open organisers would not do anything to stop such outlandish clothing unless "it distracted his playing partners".

Poulter, meanwhile, was bemused by the very idea that anybody could bar him from wearing whatever he chose. "What could they do - they're just trousers? Make me walk around in my boxer shorts?" he said before admitting that he was inspired by the late Payne Stewart.

"I only did it to try to add a bit of colour. Professionals are usually so drab and colourless... You should see what I'm going to wear tomorrow."

Troon could barely wait.

Arts and Entertainment
Kirk Cameron is begging his Facebook fans to give him positive reviews
film
Sport
premier leagueMatch report: Arsenal 1 Man United 2
Arts and Entertainment
Jason goes on a special mission for the queen
tvReview: Everyone loves a CGI Cyclops and the BBC's Saturday night charmer is getting epic
Sport
Jonny May scores for England
rugby unionEngland 28 Samoa 9: Wing scores twice to help England record their first win in six
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines