5 Things: Poulter's flair for attention

Ian Poulter during the second round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

Ian Poulter during the second round of the HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

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Only 500 of the LE model will be sold (with a $625 price tag).

Ian Poulter leaves little to the imagination when it comes to making a fashion statement. During the past week in China, he even sported a white-headed driver.

It was never a sure thing that Poulter, a Cobra staff member who won the 2010 Accenture Match Play Championship with a ZL driver (9.5 degrees), would play the company’s new Limited Edition ZL driver in competition.

But the mystery ended Thursday when Poulter put the eye-catching LE into play at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

The standard ZL is all-black – the head is black, the Aldila Voodoo shaft is black, the Cobra/Golf Pride proprietary grip is black.

In stark contrast, the ZL LE is all-white – white head, white Fujikura Motore Speeder shaft, white Golf Pride Tour Wrap 2G grip. Only 500 of the LE models will be sold. The cost is $625 (the Motore Speeder alone has an MSRP of $399).

The ZL and the ZL LE are multi-material drivers. The crown and sole are constructed of carbon fiber, while the body and face are made of titanium. They feature Adjustable Flight Technology, with three face-angle settings (neutral, open and closed).

In the HSBC tournament, Poulter unveiled the all-white LE in the opening round by wearing all-black.

The LE’s white color obviously caught Poulter’s fancy. “It’s really very cool,” said the stylish Englishman. “It’s really very unique and different than any driver I’ve seen. Its performance is great, too. It has the identical performance to the driver I’ve won with twice.”

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What's golf without the rules?

A Scotsman was startled in Florida last week when he discovered an American twist on the Rules of Golf.

The Scotsman’s playing partner hooked his ball off the first tee. When the Scotsman asked the starter what was left of the first fairway, the starter replied: “What rules are you playing by?”

That’s a question you’ll never hear in the British Isles. In the U.S., they play “breakfast balls,” where players can play another ball off the first tee if they hit a poor shot.

The term “breakfast ball” doesn’t exist in Scotland. Nor is it in the Rules of Golf.

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Rickie Fowler hits on the ninth hole during the first round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

This is from the no-brainer department:

With a potential $1 million bonus on the line, Rickie Fowler has committed to play in this week’s PGA Tour season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Classic.

Fowler, 21, is 23rd on the money list in his first full season on the PGA Tour. He trails rookie Troy Merritt by one shot in the Kodak Challenge, a yearlong competition that awards $1 million to the player who has the lowest cumulative score on predetermined holes.

The Children’s Miracle Network Classic, to be held Nov. 11-14 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., is the final full-field event of the season on tour.

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Stiggy Hodgson

England’s Stiggy Hodgson is the only player from the 2009 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team to be named to the 23-man GB&I 2011 Walker Cup squad.

Hodgson is one of 14 English players named to the squad, along with four Scots, three Irish and two Welsh players. The majority of the 10 players who compete in next year’s match will come from this squad.

The 2011 Walker Cup will be played Sept. 10-11 at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club in Scotland.

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Mike Cunning

American Mike Cunning fired a magnificent final-round 64 to win the OKI Castellón Senior Tour Championship on the European Senior Tour.

The 52-year-old started the final round three strokes behind joint overnight leaders Sam Torrance and Chris Williams but won a titanic battle over the back nine. It was Cunning’s second European Senior Tour title, alongside his debut victory in the Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters at the start of the 2009 season.

But it was Boonchu Ruangkit of Thailand who took most of the glory Sunday after securing the Order of Merit title.

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