Posted on Orange Sport UK - November 21, 2012
"Ian Poulter is looking to secure a top-10 world ranking at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai this week.
Poulter has vowed to do everything in his power to turn himself from Ryder Cup superstar to major winner - but one suggestion has stopped him in his tracks.
On the eve of the European Tour's season-ending tournament in Dubai - a £6million event that sees Jose Maria Olazabal's 12 Medinah heroes reunited for the first time - Poulter was asked if he might consider consulting a mind guru.
"Do you honestly think I need a sports psychologist? Are you crazy?" said the 36-year-old, whose self-belief has been a distinguishing feature of his career since he turned professional with a handicap of four.
"Wow. I think people would pay me a fortune to be a sports psychologist. That's incredible."
Poulter, unbeaten not only in Chicago but also in his last three games at Celtic Manor two years ago and top scorer with four points out of five in Louisville in 2008, does not even rule out taking on the role for his eight-year-old son in due course.
"I'd certainly like to help out little Luke Poulter and turn him into a little green monster".
That was a follow-up remark to Rory McIlroy describing his Medinah team-mate as "like the Hulk" that week.
"He turned into this big, green putting machine," said the world number one, who was Poulter's partner when he birdied the last five holes of their Saturday fourballs to inspire an incredible recovery from 10-4 down."