Players drive Ferraris to warm up for Honda Classic

Ferraris at Palm Beach International Speedway
Stuart Appleby via Twitter
Stuart Appleby took this photo of some of the Ferraris that he and other PGA Tour players tested.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Friday, March 01, 2013 | 8:18 p.m.

How do you get your motor running for a big golf tournament? Well, this week some PGA Tour players did it by, literally, getting their motors running.

On Tuesday, Ian Poulter – well known as one of golf's greatest motorheads – hosted several of his colleagues at the Palm Beach International Raceway. At the small track near West Palm Beach, Poulter arranged for Ferrari USA to provide a stable of ''prancing horses'' for the players to test out.

Among the players who joined Poulter were Rickie Fowler, Justin Rose, Nicolas Colsaerts and Stuart Appleby.

Track officials didn't keep lap times for fear of stirring up the players' competitive juices – after all, the point was to have fun, not crumple a $400,000 machine up into a steaming wad of leather and carbon fiber. But word from the pit lane was that Poulter and Fowler were at the head of the pack.

That's no surprise, considering that Poulter is well known as an owner of multiple Ferraris (which he stores in his lavish new home in Orlando), and Fowler loves to put the pedal to the metal in his own collection of fast cars, some of which he runs at the Palm Beach speedway when he's not playing golf. Poulter even got one of his own cars, a spectacular Enzo Ferrari, out on the track for a few laps.

On Twitter, Poulter called the day ''Ferrari heaven'' and, judging by the photo posted above, taken by Stuart Appleby, shows how accurate that description is.