Ian Poulter On Ukraine Tribute - 'Thoughts And Prayers For The Families'

The Englishman wore the colours of the Ukraine flag during round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational

Ian Poulter pictured at the Arnold Palmer Invitational
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Ian Poulter paid tribute to the people of Ukraine during the Arnold Palmer Invitational by wearing the colours of the country's flag amid the ongoing atrocities taking place there.

The Englishman said he feels for the people of Ukraine and admitted that "we just play a silly game of golf while others in the world are suffering."

"Yeah, I think it's hard, when you flick the news on right now and obviously you see the devastation that's going on around the world and you feel for the people in Ukraine, just wearing a similar colour today in respect to those suffering over there is the least I can do," Poulter said after his opening 68 at Bay Hill. "Just everyone's probably thinking of all those families that are affected right now.

"It's hard not to think of it, right? You wake up in the morning and you want to read the news, and you go home at night and you want to read the news. I've got quite a few clothes in the closet, so I found a couple of colours that I think would kind of give them a little bit of respect. Hopefully, just the thoughts and prayers for the families out there.

"It just seems like every time you think there's light at the end of the tunnel, something else comes along. It brings it into perspective pretty quickly. We just play a silly game of golf while others are in the world suffering."

Poulter opened with a four-under-par 68 on Thursday at Bay Hill to trail leader Rory McIlroy by just three. The Ryder Cup legend is an Orlando resident so feels at home at Bay Hill, where he has played every year since 2011. His best finish in the event was a 3rd in 2012.

His last victory came at the 2018 Houston Open, which qualified him for The Masters at the 11th hour. He currently ranks 64th in the world so has work to do to once again make the Augusta National showpiece.

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x