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Ian Poulter repays USGA after U.S. Open locker smash

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The U.S. Open is the event which often makes players see red, and two years ago at Shinnecock Hills that was certainly the case for Ian Poulter.

Ahead of this week’s test at Winged Foot, the Englishman took to Instagram to reveal the damage he did to a U.S. Open locker after the event back in 2018, where he announced he had now reimbursed the USGA for the incident while also issuing a lighthearted apology.

“2 years ago at Shinnecock Hills… I must have tripped and fallen against my locker causing it to fall apart… 
Robbie felt I was still a little warm last year so left it 2 years before asking for reimbursement for the damage…Today I repaid Robbie for my mishap.”

In 2018 following the third round of the U.S. Open, several players criticised the course set up and one of the most vocal that day was Ian Poulter who produced a Twitter tirade after the brutal Saturday.

Thankfully all has been resolved now, although Poulter will need a solid Friday at Winged Foot to see the third round of the U.S. Open this week after stumbling to a round of 5-over par on Thursday.

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Shanks 2424

    Oct 8, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I can’t stand him. I think he is a bigger jeark then Patrick Reed. Ian is the one pga tour player I would love to never see on the course again. He makes my skin crawl.

  2. PJE

    Sep 30, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    Ridiculous. There is no excuse for acts of vandalism. It was a USGA event but hopefully he was fined by the PGA Tour?

  3. gwelfgulfer

    Sep 25, 2020 at 7:02 pm

    Needed to fade away years ago. Used to be a fan before the pretentiousness completely enveloped him…

  4. Tim

    Sep 23, 2020 at 2:46 pm

    Poulter feels his autograph is somehow worth equal value to the damage he did? Don’t think so.

  5. Luke Mullin

    Sep 21, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Poulter the most overrated golfer in the world and the mouthiest

  6. Gunter Eisenberg

    Sep 19, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Poulter…always wanting to be relevant…

  7. Rwj

    Sep 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm

    Perfect person for a twitter toughguy. Posh, English sissy

  8. Larry Daniels

    Sep 18, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    Poultry is so overrated..$1 for smashing a nice wooden locker. Really Poultry…you chicken. Should have fined him $25,000 the way NBA does for bad behavior.

  9. JP

    Sep 18, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Poulter is set to play Portland, Kenosha, & Chicago after this years US Open… ????????????

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Tiger weighs in on the distance debate: ‘They should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now’

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The distance debate in golf continues to rumble on, and this week, the greatest player of his generation had his say claiming that the game’s governing bodies should have been worried a long time ago about the surge in distance amongst Tour pros.

Asked before this week’s Zozo about the recent urge players have to find more distance, Woods spoke about the importance of length in the game and how it’s more accessible than ever for players to find an extra gear or two off the tee.

“Distance has always been an advantage. Now that we have the tools, that being the launch monitor, the fitting of the golf clubs, the adjustability. I think all that plays into the fact that you’re able to maximize the capabilities of a driver.

There’s no reason why you can’t pick up more yardage, and guys have done that. They’ve changed shafts, they’ve changed lofts, they’ve changed weights on their heads and length of clubs. Driving is such a huge part of the game and it’s so advantageous if you’re able to get the ball out there. It just makes the game so much easier.”

When asked by media if the game’s authorities should be worried about the recent surge in the added distance in the game, Woods claimed that though he would like to be able to see a complete rollback, he doesn’t see it happening.

“They should have been worried a long time ago, but the genie’s out of the bag now. It’s about what do we do going forward, and how soon can they do it. I don’t know if they’re going—you’re not going to stop the guys who are there right now. Guys are figuring out how to carry the ball 320-plus yards, and it’s not just a few of them. There’s a lot of guys can do it. That’s where the game’s going.

There’s only going to be a small amount of property that we can do, we can alter golf courses. I just don’t see how they can roll everything back. I would like to be able to see that, as far as our game, but then we go back down the road of what do you bifurcate, at what level? So that’s a long discussion we’ve had for a number of years, for 20-plus years now, and I think it’s only going to continue.” 

Tiger will tee off for his first round at the Zozo Championship this Thursday at 1.45 PM ET.

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