BSO10-IAN POULTER (1-2) -Ian Poulter of England, defending champion pictured at a press conference on November 09 2010 at the Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore. Poulter will compete in the USD$ 6 Million event which is co sanctioned with the Asian and European Tour, which begins 11-14 November, 2010. Picture by Paul Lakatos/World Sport Group. Barclays Singapore Open 2010 World Sport Group.
PRESS CONFERENCE WITH IAN POULTER
Q. Can you talk about your win last year and what it meant for you?
It’s a golf course that I obviously like. I played very well and got off to a very great start. It was good end to the year and it certainly capped what was certainly a very good year. I would like to do something very similar this year. We’ve got a few weeks left before the season is out .I had a good start to the season, it got a little flat in the middle but I’ve got a great Ryder Cup and hopefully that could help to go on and defend this title.
Q. Give us your thoughts on the actual state of your play at the moment.
The state of my game is in great shape. I made a few silly mistakes last week but they were silly mental mistakes that resulted because of the lack of concentration and they were very costly. But overall my game is in good shape, I’m making a lot of birdies and if I can carry that into this week and put aside the silly mistakes of last week, then I have a good feeling that I can perform well again this week.
Q. Give us your thoughts on the golf course.
I’ll probably take a walk around the golf course. Obviously it isn’t ideal as we’ve got 204 guys trying to get out to the golf course so it doesn’t give us much time to go out there and prepare properly on this golf course. I’ll walk out with my caddie and have a good look at it and that’s all I about to get on the other course. There’s only one round there this week (Tanjong course) this week and three rounds here so hopefully we can get a good result.
Q. How key it is to know a golf course well?
Sometimes it works for you and sometimes it works against you. To be honest, we’ve all played golf course blind. You shoot six, seven under-par and you go out there and tell yourself what you are going to shoot and you end up shooting over par. You like to know it more than you do. The Tanjong course I heard is shorter than the Serapong and I think you’ve to concentrate properly and do a little bit of homework and that’s what I’m going to do today There shouldn’t be any problem.
Q. Which is your favourite hole on this golf course?
I think 18th is a good hole. It’s a good finishing hole and if the wind’s right and you get to hit a very good tee shot and then obviously it’s reachable in two and it’s obviously where I finished out last year.
Q. Will you be using your eye-catching Cobra white driver this week?
Yes, I’ll be. I’ve been practising with it for a week back home in Orlando and it’s a good set that I’ve come up with and it’s new. They have given it a face-lift and produced about 500 limited edition of it and it’s the same shaft that I currently use with a different paint job. I’ve to say it looks really cool. It performed well last week and so it’s going to be in the bag for a while
Q. Do you think the Asians have an advantage in weather wise over the European players?
I live in Orlando and it’s pretty humid in Orlando too. It’s similar type of weather too – hot and humid. I personally like it. I can’t talk about the others but I played pretty well last year. I like the heat and sunshine. So I’m very comfortable here.
Q. There will be more expectations of you this year as a defending champion?
If you perform well on a golf course the previous year, there’ll be expectations of you to do well again. I played exceptionally well last year and if I can put in a similar kind of performance, it’ll be nice. I like this golf course. It sets up very nicely for me and I’ve got high expectations for myself and I’m sure the people have the same expectations of me as well. So I don’t mind that.
Q. Who do you think will be your biggest competitor?
Myself. There’re 204 players of which 203 if they play well for four days, they all have a great chance of winning this golf tournament. The Major winners are here and they are going to be competing very hard. I’m not going to think who I’m going to beat. This is a 204- man field so I’ve to beat 203 other guys to win this golf tournament and I’m not going to single out anyone out.
Q. Now that Lee Westwood has gone on to overtake Tiger as the world number, do you think this is something you can do as well?
Look at the world rankings from a point perspective, Tiger Woods has dropped all of his points, therefore he has come back to the pack. Nobody has really gone to him He once had 19 world ranking points and he now has 8.2 something, so therefore he brought himself back and everybody is now in the frame to push forward. With that in mind, anybody in the top-10 in the world has a good six months, can find themselves moving up the world ranking higher enough to contend for that number one spot. And that’s something I’m aiming for.