Poulter: 'Give him (McIlroy) a break'

Ian Poulter during Sunday's final round of the 2013 British Open at Muirfield.
Ian Poulter during Sunday's final round of the 2013 British Open at Muirfield. ( Associated Press )

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Ian Poulter is defending Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy as he goes through an adjustment period with new equipment, new endorsement deals and new management.

“He’s had a lot of extra added pressure to go out there and play golf,” Poulter said. “You know, I think sometimes we forget how young he is and what he’s been able to achieve at a very early age. So the second he feels comfortable again, whether that’s with his swing or equipment or whatever it is, then, you know, Rory will be winning golf tournaments again.”

Poulter, who is making his 12th PGA Championship appearance, has never won a major championship. He was asked if he spoke with McIlroy, who is winless in 2013 after winning his second major championship at last year’s PGA Championship.

“Well, I haven’t won two majors, so I should be asking him what do I do, to be honest,” he said.

Poulter tees off at 1:55 p.m. ET on Thursday with Lucas Glover and Zach Johnson off of No. 1. When asked about his late tee time: “Set my alarm for 10 o’clock and I’ll have probably 12 hours sleep. It’s easy. For me, I love sleeping; I’m half man, half mattress.”

Classic, Poults.