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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 July, 2003, 16:30 GMT 17:30 UK
Poulter's hair-raising experience
Ian Poulter and his crazy new hairstyle
Maybe I should have had a wedge

Golf ace Ian Poulter could find himself bunkered for a crazy new hairstyle which pays tribute to his beloved Arsenal.

Poulter arrived in Portmarnock to prepare for the Nissan Irish Open sporting the eye-catching red and yellow barnet, which resembled a seaside helter-skelter.

Or an ice cream smothered in strawberry sauce, if you prefer.

The 27-year-old English star announced that he was "bringing a new image to golf", explaining: "It could do with a bit of sprucing up.

"The public might enjoy it. There are too many same old styles out there."

Poulter wanted to dye his hair claret for the Open, but was thwarted when he found out all the local hairdressers were booked up.

But he is more than happy with his new look, saying: "It's mad, isn't it?

"I got it done on Monday because I'm getting ready for the football season - I'm a mad Arsenal fan."

Maybe not quite as mad as European Tour officials will be when they check out the barnet for themselves.

Tour rules state that "players will present a neat appearance in both clothing and personal grooming" - and Poulter could find himself fined or even banned for his image change.

The player is lying 11th in the tour of merit, but if he refuses to conform, his chances of a Ryder Cup place could be hair today, gone tomorrow.

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