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What do we make of the Ian Poulter vs. marshal fiasco?

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Perhaps you’ve heard about Ian Poulter’s altercation with a marshal at the Scottish Open? (It was in the Morning 9!)

A first point: The marshal in question wasn’t some mere jabroni. In its discussion of the encounter, the Telegraph refers to Quintin Jardine as a “celebrated crime author.” Now, he’s not topping the bestseller lists here in the States, but he is an established author.

This, of course, could work either for or against Mr. Jardine. On the one hand, he’s a perceptive, articulate, respectable fellow. On the other, he has an incentive for self promotion to promote his works…“Did you like my Poulter blog post? You’ll love my latest novel!”

Anyway, here’s the sequence of events.

Jardine posted to his blog (and tweeted a link to) a work of original non-fiction: His account of a run-in with Ian Poulter while working as a Marshal during Saturday’s third round. Poulter had just pulled a drive into a bush near where Jardine was doing his duties.

His blog post read (he’s since deleted the post) in part:

“Mr Poulter…arrived in a shower of expletives and asked me where his ball was,” wrote Jardine. “I told him and said that I had not ventured into the bush for fear of standing on it. I wasn’t expecting thanks, but I wasn’t expecting aggression either.

“He told me in essence that I should have, his reasoning being that if I stood on the ball it was a free drop, whereas if he did it was a penalty… He (later) came back at me and said again that next time … I should go straight in there feet first.”

The implication, of course, is that Jardine believed Poulter was asking him to stomp around in the bush for the ball, suggesting that if he (the marshal) were to dislodge it, Poults would be entitled to a free drop.

This was not Poulter’s recollection of events, and he took to Twitter to respond, disputing the insinuation that he was trying to cheat and more.

A point of note: What Poulter said to Jardine at the time may be another issue, but he is correct in tweeting that if the ball was kicked or stepped on during he search, he’s entitled to replace it (per Rule 18-4), which is certainly not the same thing as a free drop. He would seem to be incorrect in saying he’d be penalized, however, as a search was underway…however, an overly zealous reading of the rule could have left Poulter in hot water, had he moved the ball, so it would have been an easier situation to deal with had a fan or marshal accidentally contacted the projectile.

The crime author deleted his original blog post and posted a follow up July 15 that says in part.

“Seems that Mr Poulter has disputed my account of our exchange yesterday. Now I’m having email abuse from pond life and bottom feeders. I don’t need that.”

“The only way I can get rid of it is by deleting the original post. In retrospect I should probably have kept the dispute private, but it’s out of the box now, and I must rely on the Tour to make a judgement.”

“Mr Poulter has gone public to his two million Twitter followers with his version of events. All I can say is that I stand by mine and at no time did I ever utter the words ‘OK thanks.’”

What do you think about this he-said, he-said, GolfWRX members?

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  1. MikeyB

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:02 pm

    With war, famine, disease and general mayhem enveloping the planet, can I provide a little perspective? I couldn’t give a flying f*ck about what Ian Poulter allegedly chirped to a course official about a ball in a f*ckin’ Scottish bush.
    Let’s move on to more important sh*t like some miracle swing program that requires no effort, no practice, no athletic skills, sells for a mere $79.95 and guarantees me 120 mph club head speed!

  2. John B

    Jul 16, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    I have witnessed Poulter on several occasions treat people poorly at PGA events. Why would the marshall fabricate this story if Poulter didn’t treat him poorly?

  3. Art Williams

    Jul 16, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I’m sure the guy knew Ian well enough to know he sometimes has has a short fuse and should have just told Ian or his caddie where the ball was. He injected himself into the action. Yes Ian could have ignored him and went about his busimess. Both sides are telling their side and there’s probably another scenario somewhere in the middle. I still think the marshall was more at fault trying to inject himself into the action on that hole.

  4. Bob Jones

    Jul 16, 2018 at 5:51 pm

    First of all, what is this obsession with putting everything social media??!! Jardine should have just let it go in that regard. Did he not expect it to blow up in his face? As for Poulter, since when is it the marshal’s job to look for his ball? The marshal works for the tournament, not the players. All the marshal needs to do is to point to where he last saw the ballad let the player and his caddy take over. As for the author of this piece who wrote, in this somewhat fractured and silly sentence, “On the other, he has an incentive for self promotion to promote his works…“Did you like my Poulter blog post? You’ll love my latest novel!”, good grief! Does he think every one has an agenda? This kind of thinking is what is poisoning political conversation in the country today. Enough, already! All three of these people need to press the rewind button and try again. End of rant.

  5. Dave r

    Jul 16, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    That’s golf get over it so he was mad so what. We are not all perfect angles are we!

  6. HDTVMAN

    Jul 16, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Poulter is arrogant…PERIOD. I’ll side with the marshal.

  7. Jim McPherson

    Jul 16, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Poulter will have grown up in another 30 years. And I suspect he’ll act like an adult when he does. Until then, we will get his childish outbursts and tantrums.

  8. Ted Bishop

    Jul 16, 2018 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Poulter, quit acting like a little girl.

    • GolfGolfGolf

      Jul 16, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      ????

    • GolfGolfGolf

      Jul 16, 2018 at 6:46 pm

      My reply was a “thumbs up” and this website translated that into “???”

      Love the response

  9. Moo

    Jul 16, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    The marshal being an “outside agency” the correct rule is 18-1. Result is same as 18-4.

  10. Boyo

    Jul 16, 2018 at 11:48 am

    Poultergeist.

  11. MMW

    Jul 16, 2018 at 11:17 am

    I think the marshal should have kept his mouth shut. I don’t want volunteers, officials, or spectators injecting themselves into a sporting event. “Scene but not heard” should be the rule.

    • Boyo

      Jul 16, 2018 at 11:48 am

      How can you make a scene without being heard?

    • ~j~

      Jul 16, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Seems DB Poultier would contest your post, he’d prefer volunteers, officials, or spectators march around finding his ball for him after he cranks it into the brush.

    • Ronald Montesano

      Jul 16, 2018 at 3:55 pm

      Poulter abuses the apostrophe in Twitter, MMW abuses homonyms, why can’t oui awl jest gut along?

    • Adkskibum

      Jul 16, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      As in making a scene? 😉

  12. GolfGolfGolf

    Jul 16, 2018 at 11:05 am

    I would think the saying “where there’s smoke, there’s fire” would apply to Poulter. It always seems there is some incident where his interactions with a person has resulted in that other person claiming he’s an a**hole. Not a fan of his and never will be. Best thing about him is his ability to fold hard on the last 1-2 days of a tourney and not win.

  13. Tourgrinder

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I’ve attended enough PGA Tour events through the years and personally witnessed Ian Poulter’s antics firsthand to have what I believe is a valid opinion: Ian Poulter is still a jerk after all these years. That said, I will also say I believe he’s mellowed a bit over the years since moving himself and his family to Florida. He seems to have become much more amenable to other people, including people he considers “beneath him.” I enjoy checking his Instagram every once in a while, but after reading about this incident, I have no doubt that Mr. Jardine’s recall of the encounter is more accurate than Poulter’s. For some reason, Poulter still believes, after all these years, that he plays best when taking advantage of the field and walking (and talking) with the largest chip on his shoulder he can tolerate. Same with Sergio Garcia before he decided to grow up.

  14. Shu

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:53 am

    Believe the marshall 99% just because I’ve seen Poulter in person.

  15. SCOTT

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Poulter has always been a D BAG!

  16. stinkingcedar

    Jul 16, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Poulter doing Poulter things. Typical

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Titleist has responded to the USGA and R&A’s ‘Distance Insights Report’ saying in-part that the governing bodies are focusing too much on the men’s professional game, and are undervaluing the skill of the game’s elite.

In a written statement titled “A Perspective on the Distance Insights Report”, David Maher, CEO and president of Titleist’s parent company, Acushnet, wrote

“We believe the conclusions drawn in this Report undervalue the skill and athleticism of the game’s very best players and focus far too much on the top of the men’s professional game and project this on golf and golfers as a whole.”

Maher stressed that the current equipment regulations are sufficient in halting any significant increases going forward by the longest hitters in the game, and believes that any changes implemented that could see a local rule put in place, would be a wrong move.

“The existing equipment regulations allow professional and amateur golfers to play by the same unified set of rules, with the same equipment, and on the same courses. We believe that playing by a unified set of rules coalesces our game, is an essential part of its global understanding and appeal, and eliminates the inconsistency and inability that would come from multiple sets of equipment standards.”

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“Golf is bringing younger players into the game sooner and keeping older players longer than ever; professional golf is as dynamic and entertaining as it’s ever been; and the game remains a healthy challenge for all players and at all levels.”

Read the full written statement here.

 

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