Inside The Ropes Personalities of the British Open Championship


During the 134th Open Championship almost all eyes were on winner Tiger Woods and his second victory at St. Andrews. The ones that werent watching Tiger take home his 10th major of his PGA Tour career were watching European favorites Ian Poulter and Colin Montgomerie. Known for their larger than life personalities and quirks, their loyal fans followed them through all four rounds cheering every step of the way even when it looked like their favorite players were not going to come home with the famed Claret Jug trophy.
Ian Poulter known for his unique sense of fashion was eagerly awaited by fans to see what he would wear during the first round of competition. Last year he surprised and shocked some by wearing Union Jack trousers that he himself called outrageous. This year he left his fashion choices to his fans by creating the Design Poulters Pants Competition. Over 2000 entries were submitted with the final design chosen by Poulter and his tailor, William Hunt. The winner, Gavin Adams created a design that featured the Claret Jug on the left leg and a list of past Open winners on the back of the right leg.
This is the type of outfit that we have come to expect from a man whose fashion sense extends to frequently changing the style and color of his hair from a slight Mohawk one week to green hair the next. Poulter has decided to donate the trousers to The British Golf Museum at St. Andrews following The Open ensuring that his flare for fashion will be around for years to come.
Love him or hate him, you cant help but watch Colin Montgomerie. With a career that has had its ups and downs, a messy personal life, and a temper that he has spent years trying to overcome Montgomerie surprised us all this year with his steady play at The Open and dare I say it, a smile.
Basking in the appreciation of fans who wanted the Scot to win the hometown tournament, Montgomeries game seems to be on the upswing. Though a final round of 72 on Sunday only netted him with second place, the fans wouldnt give up. A group of teenage boys followed him during his rounds wearing their Monty yellow wigs and an I love Monty shirt showed their allegiance to their favorite golfer. Yelling Come on, Monty even when the championship was out of reach, brought a smile to Montogermies face as he finished up the 18th on Sunday. We can only hope that this side of Monty is here to stay.