The world's best professional men's golfers will return to Southern Arizona on Monday, Feb. 21 for the Accenture Match Play Championship. One of them – Ian Poulter, last year's winner – will wear University of Arizona colors during his opening round – if the outfit gets enough fan votes.
Fans familiar with Poulter's funky and distinctive golf fashion attire may recall his victorious finish at the 2010 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play, hoisting the Walter Hagen Cup wearing pink slacks and a pink sweater complemented by white shoes, belt and a visor.
This year, he will open his title defense by hosting a vote-off for fans to choose his apparel in the opening match – with one of three selections that purposefully matches the UA colors.
Tournament officials, in conjunction with IJP Design – Poulter's golf apparal design company – announced the "Dress Ian" Facebook campaign. The campaign allows fans to select one of three possible outfits for Poulter to wear on Feb. 23 for his first-round match.
"I'm looking forward to seeing what fans choose for me to wear as I set out to defend my World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play Championship title," Poulter said. "Of course, I'd love to see the fans in Southern Arizona decked out in IJP Design gear as well ... attempting to style their hair like mine is optional."
Fans can view and vote on their preferred attire and follow links to purchase the clothing at a discounted rate.
The first World Golf Championships event of the 2011 season on Feb. 21-27 tees off at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, in Marana, Ariz. for the third-consecutive year.
"Ian Poulter has been an international ambassador to the game of golf, and we are excited that he will be partnering with us for this unique promotion," said Accenture Match Play Championship executive director Wade Dunagan. "As I attended the University of Arizona, I have a feeling I know which outfit I'll be voting for."
The UABookStores is selling tickets to the Accenture Match Play Championship at a discount for UA students and staff. CatCards must be used for the purchase and must be presented at the gate.