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.
playing with Matsuyama tomo. He buried his putter in the 13th green 5 ft from the hole, Referee had to repair the crater. Because he didn't.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 8, 2014
Why should Matsuyama leave a crater in the green for others to putt over, or have to call a referee to repair the damage. Idiot.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 8, 2014
Im no saint & first to say. But that was disgusting. I wouldn't bury a putter in a green 5 ft from a hole & have players behind deal with it— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 8, 2014
I can't wait to. @Lainger66 are you going to speak to him like a man or just blast him on twitter like all the other keyboard warriors?”— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 8, 2014
**Adam Sarson posts a GIF of the Matsuyama act. Not awful, but also not great to leave a dent in the green. I'd be more sympathetic too if the player in question was not one of the slowest in golf.
SHIPNUCK: It’s great fun, for sure, but a punk move. Handling it the old-school way would’ve been better -- that is, behind closed doors. Hideki was an easy target. No way Poults is that strident with a big name.
VAN SICKLE: I don't think Poulter is afraid to call anyone out. And what Matsuyama did was completely wrong. It's one mistake to do that, it's a worse mistake not to fix it. Somebody put a diaper on that baby when he's done with his tantrum. There is no excuse for behavior like that. Poulter was right on the money.
PASSOV: Poulter is such an opinionated, loose cannon, that it's always fun to see what he'll say on any topic. I don't think he would have called out Tiger or Phil, for instance, but Poults is king of social media these days, so you never know. I guess I'm from a different era, when these sorts of matters were handled privately, behind closed doors, but nowadays, everybody and everything seem to be an open book, so perhaps Poulter was within his rights in calling out Matsuyama.