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Poulter Calls Out Matsuyama For Damaging Doral Green; They Tee It Up Again At 11:15 Saturday!

You have to love Ian Poulter's Twitter honesty and lack of fear in calling out a competitor who committed what sounds like a pretty grave etiquette error Friday at Doral.

Let's let the Tweets speak for themselves...clicking on the links to each will let you read the conversations with readers which, in the world of Poulter, are always lively.

The first:

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Give him hell Ian. No excuse. None. Zip. Nada.

No soup for marijawanna.
03.7.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Why didn't Poulter confront him on the spot? Or after the round?
Because a little man inside his head said, "First, you must put it in Twitter."
03.7.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSkippy
Umm Skippy...they didn't play together on Thursday/Friday.
03.7.2014 | Unregistered CommenterMax
I am no saint either on a golf course. I can tell you I have never even considered for a second taking a geology sampling (Stads used to call it that) on a green.

Give the guy some serious crap, Poulter!
03.7.2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Vog
Just read this on another site, and as Max stated, they did not play together, Poulter was behind him. Bad week for the VP's at headquarters. Can just picture them trying to figure out how to delete the tweets. By the way, just heard them say on the replay that it took two hours to play six holes.
03.7.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
That is just unacceptable. As in you're out of here, don't come back until you learn some manners. I hope Poulter gives him an earful tomorrow morning on the first tee.
03.7.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPA PLAYA
My headline didn't help. Corrected.

It might even be worse that this was discovered by the group behind. Would suggest Matsuyama's act was just that noticeable.
03.7.2014 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Bad manners by Matsuyama, but even worse ones by Poulter. If he was a real man, he'd talk to him after the round (easily possible if he was in the group behind), but no he must try to shame him on Twitter. Classless as expected from Mr. Fancypants
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
Hmm ... could we see another form of stick fighting played out at Doral?

Will someone please pass the popcorn?
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commenterscots wha hae
As much as I hate Ian Pouter I'd love to see Matsuyama exercise some martial arts strikes to Pouter's mug
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commenter3PuttAficionado
This TV show need the occasional subplot just like any other sitcom. Like when Rory almost missed his tee-time at the Ryder Cup.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRon
I hope he got a warming from that referee for etiquette!!
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSmails
When do we get the full story? Did other players mention it? What time did Ian finish -- his first tweet is at 9:37. Did anything come up in any press conference?
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
I am not a big Poulter fan, but acknowledge he is a heck of a golfer. And in this case, his complaint is very relevant, justified.
Because of serious, indefensible prejudice against Twitter, I dislike Poulter making his point in the way he did.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
Was this covered on Golf Channel last night or this morning? Or is the cover-up in place? Pretty big story so it will be telling to see if any mention.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Poulter is a petty little jerk. According to Doug Fergusoni Matsuyama came over on the driving range to him, apologized and Poulter reacted like the spoiled little child he is: "No words today"
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
This is an example of something that in the past would have been handled in the locker room, and prob should have been handled in the locker room. More fun for us though that it wasn't.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterElf
More to the point - what was the penalty? And if there was no penalty, why on earth not? Rules gurus chime in please.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commenterlloydcole
No Poulter fan here, but with hsi huge Twitter following he got the message out faster than a billboard and cheaper than a TV commercial. S
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG
Oops, enter key bested me. Meant to finish with... pulling that stunt where I play will get you an escort off the property and a healthy ban.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterAG
ol Harv,
GC covered on the pre-game show today, but sadly did not show the first tee shots of the two.
03.8.2014 | Registered CommenterGeoff
Burying your putter in a green is wrong and inexcusable and yet, the way Poulter handled this, I am more annoyed with Poulter.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBillB
Pouters's defense is that he tweets his every thought, if you have ever followed him you know his every thought. Why I unfollowed him last week.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
I'm wondering whether Poulter would have handled it the same way if the offender had been a careless young Englishman.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
@Ryan - your comment is totally out of context. Here's the quote from the Ferguson article:

"Poulter shook his hand and said, "I make loads of mistakes."

"If you're going to do it, repair it," he explained to Matsuyama, who nodded his head.

Poulter ended the brief exchange by saying, "No words today," indicating that there was no need to bring it up again during their third round."
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNC Phyllis
@ NC Phyllis, of course Ryan got it out of context, he did it on purpose. Ryan isn't interested in being honest or truthful, he's interested in furthering his hatred of Ian Poulter. #keyboardwarriors LOL
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent

Thank tou for the real story, instead of that misrepresentation by Ryan,

I think Ian's mistake was tweeting after a frustrating day. We have all reacted too quickly, and he surely did. But Ian seems to be pretty darn straight up, and to the offender that he had done similar---after eeing the full replay on TGC, I really don't thin M knew he had dented the green-- he did not slam the toe in, as the origfinal posts seemed to imply.

Just a bad day at trumprock. A trip to Colorado, and a bag of cheetos, and they will be laughing about all this....:)

I have an OT: why do all these people call trump ''Mr. Trump? Suck ups.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@NC Phyllis, your update makes a little more sense. I cannot imagine a guy apologizing and someone saying "no words" , like get out of my face. Even Sabbatini handled his dustup better than that. I do agree with many of the other posters though, the apology needs to go to the field and yes, the host, The Donald. I would think this is a lesson learned for Matsuyama.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered Commenterol Harv
Funny how Poulter becomes the target for someone else's offence.

I don't totally understand the raging hatred for any of these athletes. I guess Poulter may be a little too conspicuous with his spending habits for my taste but that's just me. He seems, to me only I guess, at once aware of his humble beginnings - 4 hdcp when he turned pro - and the fact that the only one in this world that believes in him, is himself (and hopefully his family).

So yeah, he's got a little chip on his shoulder, he may be a little abrasive but he doesn't seem that disingenuous, wouldn't that be worse. So he's not everyone's cup of tea, probably not mine either actually but he's not hurting anyone that I can tell, here anyway.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterNC Phyllis
@NCPhyllis, I've had first hand experience dealing with Poulter on the course and I don't think much of him. I've also heard similar stories from colleagues that I respect (so I have reason to believe that my experience was not an anomaly).

When I first read of this incident my thought was, "if your behavior is so atrocious that Ian Poulter has reason to scold you then you know you've done something wrong."

That said, I have plenty of respect for his game.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarl Peterson
<< I have an OT: why do all these people call trump ''Mr. Trump? Suck ups. >>

Diggie, I'm totally with you. Particularly absurd was Wednesday's news conference featuring Trump and Gil Hanse. Some "reporter" actually had the temerity to begin a question "This is for both Gil and Mr. Trump...." WHAT?? One gets respect and the other gets familiarity?

Speaking of sucking up, has the week-long Golf Channel bow-down featuring "The" Donald (and who the HECK started THAT?) along with kiddies Eric, Don Jr. and the semi-attractive Ivanka churned out enough hot, wet drool for you? Here's a businessman who has bullied, borrowed and sued his way to the top and the masses somehow still treat him like an American icon. Hmmm.... why didn't Golf Channel show his performance this week at CPAC as well?
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterBenSeattle
But Ben, he's a job creator...
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDean Westcott
But Ben, he's a job creator...
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDean Westcott
WAIT A SECOND-- did anybody see the GIF that Geoff posted???? Matsuyama did NOT "bury" his putter in the green-- he did little more than lean on it! (I'm not condoning his behavior, just saying it was misrepresented).

Weird, Poults.... weird....
Poulter could have least taken of his hat and glasses and looked the fella in the eye...

NYG, agreed, didn't look much like the purported tomahawk with a disappeared clubhead.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
No need to put in out on Twitter. absolutely classless. Jack or Arnie would never have done that. Don't even thing the girls of the LPGA would.
03.8.2014 | Unregistered CommenterTony Jesselli
NC Phyllis, well said. Being a bit of a twitterphobe, or at least unimpressed with it, I fail to see why people get so worked up about something presented in 140 characters (I believe). Poults called him out, maybe in a bungled way, M apologized, move along. I'm hoping for a 20 mile / wind on Sunday and a chance to see players question club selection and committing to their decision. Could be fun.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered Commentermeefer
@ Carl - my experience of Poulter is just the same. I know of one ref that likes him but I think they were at school together!
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterChico
Holding another player responsible for their poor etiquette on Tour is cool… tweeting to out to the world is not a cool move at all.

Poulter should have pull him aside and give it to him with both barrels then report it to Tour officials so the Tour will fine the player for his act of damaging the green during competition.
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterZokol
But Zokol,
Then he has to actually deal with the person, face to face!!

Agree with your comment completely!
03.9.2014 | Unregistered CommenterSmart in BC

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