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Ian Poulter accused of lacking ‘manners and common decency’ after post-round Wentworth incident

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Another week, another Ian Poulter online feud.

During the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, the Englishman told NBC’s Rex Hoggard to “show some respect” after Hoggard pointed out the fact that Poulter was wearing LIV Golf clothing when he was asked not to by the DP World Tour.

Poulter’s comments were in regard to Hoggard tweeting about Poulter on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s death. (Despite Hoggard’s tweet preceding her death)

Yesterday, Poulter was at it again. This time, the Twitter spat involved Sky Sports reporter Jamie Weir.

The spat began over a blog post from the Alistair Tait titled “The European Dis-Union”.

Weir commented on Twitter:

“And (Poulter) wears LIV-branded clothing when specifically asked not to. And makes snide, petty little remarks about Tour-owned video of himself. And point-blank ignores a DPWT press officer when asked politely if he’ll spare some writers a few minutes.’

Of course, Poulter couldn’t let the comment go unchecked and gave a response:

“Oh Jamie… rushing to catch a flight after an hour 30 fog delay. I could see a large gathering of fans who wanted signatures & photos. Or a few journalists to the right. I decided to do autographs and photos for the fans instead of speaking to the journalists. I’d say I chose the right option.”

According to Weir, the situation unfolded a bit differently than Poulter claimed.

“Always nice to sign autographs for the fans, good for you,’ Weir responded. ‘No issue with you not speaking to the press, more the fact you completely blanked the press officer who politely asked you.”

Poulter then accused Weir of looking for something to criticize him about, saying if it wasn’t this it would be “my color socks”.

“Oh Jamie, it had to be something… just looking for anything to create negativity and divisiveness.. if it wasn’t that I’m sure my color socks would have been offensive to someone somehow somewhere. Keep creating diversity.”

Weir kept it going and thought Poulter owed the reporter an apology.

“Eh?! Socks? What on earth are you banging on about?! Is it that difficult to say “sorry, bit short on time” when someone who works for the Tour politely asks you a question rather than point-blank ignore them? It’s called manners and common decency, Ian.”

 

Poulter ended the exchange by “apologizing,” though there seemed to be some sarcasm in his response.

“I hereby apologize to the DP World Tour press officer. I’m sorry that I treated you differently to how I normally would. I shouldn’t have stooped that low. I will make sure to treat people the same as I always have with respect. Let’s hope this works both ways moving forward.”

Stay tuned for next week’s edition of “Ian Poulter Argues With Someone on Social Media”.

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  1. Peter Sallis

    Nov 14, 2022 at 2:26 am

    The LIV situation has really exposed some players as their true colours are now 100% transparent. I always knew this about Poulter but Westwood surprises me. As for Phil and the rest, how anyone ever fell for Phil’s phoney act is beyond me.

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  27. Rob

    Sep 14, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    I follow golf to get away from the political BS. Please take your political opinions to an appropriate place because I don’t care what your political beliefs are.

  28. L.White

    Sep 14, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Poulter is right imo. If it wasn’t the reporter they’d find some other petty type “controversy” to pin on a LIV member. It is so tiresome.

    • Richard Jones

      Sep 14, 2022 at 3:51 pm

      Go liv your finished I won’t be watching liv,if it wasent for the pga tour greg Norman would still be in Australia chasing kangroes

    • JOEL K GOODMAN

      Oct 1, 2022 at 9:33 pm

      POULTER WAS, IS, AND ALWAYS WILL BE AN ASSHOLE, PURE 100% RECTUM.

  29. C’mon Man

    Sep 14, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Will the real Slim Shady please stand up…just not with your LIV gear on!

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  31. Ians Socks

    Sep 14, 2022 at 1:49 am

    POULTER FOR PRESIDENT!!!

  32. Jimmy

    Sep 13, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    Love LIV!
    ULTRA MAGA TRUMP!

    • Jerry

      Sep 14, 2022 at 1:58 pm

      Sniffing orange anus is right up your alley.

  33. george hogan maine golfer extraordinaire

    Sep 13, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    reality: “majesticks gc”
    what these leftist freaks see: “LIV TRUMP MAGA”

    can any of you worthless leftists even read? you wouldnt be leftists if you read leftist articles until the end, you’d realize leftism is a complete scam

    • NoGrayArea

      Sep 14, 2022 at 11:27 am

      Then what of Americanexceptionalism? If anything fails somewhere else do we not improve upon “(learn from other’s) mistakes” and make it happen? You seem not to know that being on the “right” is a political position, not a definition of that politic.

    • Everyone

      Sep 14, 2022 at 1:53 pm

      You’re a cult member moron

  34. grammarian

    Sep 13, 2022 at 11:54 am

    mistake in quote: “Weird responded”

    • Joey5Picks

      Sep 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm

      What are you even talking about? How does this relate to the MAGA/Saudi Golf Exhibition League?

    • John

      Sep 14, 2022 at 12:05 pm

      Love it when guys try to sound smart and make a fool of themselves. I think the word you were looking for, Ian, is ‘division’ not ‘diversity’.

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‘F*****g hell! That was a low point’ – Rory McIlroy on 2021 matchplay loss to LIV defector

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The 2022 season was an excellent campaign for Rory McIlroy as we saw him rise to once again become the world’s No. 1 player.

The four-time major champion came away with his third Tour Championship victory, a win at the RBC Canadian Open, and another victory at the CJ Cup in October. While he didn’t secure the major championship he’s been coveting since 2014, Rory finished third at The Open, second at the Masters, fifth at the U.S. Open, and eighth at the PGA Championship.

His year full of strong finishes is also backed up by the statistics. McIlroy was the best player for the 2022 season in terms of strokes gained: total.

Prior to his impressive 2022 calendar year, McIlroy struggled in 2021 golf season. Rory recently sat down with Paul Kimmage of the Irish Independent to discuss some of the low points he’s had prior to his reclaiming of the top spot on the OWGR. As we’ve grown accustomed to with McIlroy, he was candid and thoughtful in the interview.

After a U.S. Open victory by Bryson DeChambeau in 2020, McIlroy decided it was time to chase more distance. This led to swing changes and difficulties to what eventually led him to his “rock bottom” which he identifies as the 2021 Ryder Cup. He was also beaten 6&5 by Ian Poulter at the 2021 Dell WGC Match Play.

“Yeah, I was beaten by Poulter. F*****g hell! That was a low point.”

Then there was the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, where Rory had won by eight shots back in 2012.

“Kiawah was the perfect example of where my game was; I’d won the PGA there in 2012 by eight shots, but we got there, and I said to Harry: “I don’t remember this course being so difficult.”

The swing changes turned out to be completely unnecessary but having witnessed other players go through them throughout their career, McIlroy was simply doing what he thought was best at the time.

“I’d seen other people do it and thought, at that stage of my career, it was what I needed. It was a difficult summer, but I was having what most people would call a decent year and was starting to think of it that way instead of, ‘It’s decent for most but it’s not good enough for me.’ And I almost needed to hit rock bottom at the Ryder Cup to snap out of it.”

McIlroy enters 2023 as arguably the best player in the world once again and seems primed to make a run at another major championship that he desperately needs. At 33 years old, there’s still plenty of time for the former prodigy to live up to the lofty expectations the golf world once had of him in regard to major championship victories, but it’s time to get going.

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Justin Thomas makes surprising Thanksgiving U-Turn

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Justin Thomas, set to tee it up as part of the select 20 at the Hero World Challenge, has admitted he might have been wrong about Thanksgiving dinner.

The former world No. 1 and winner of the 2022 PGA Championship will look to finish higher than his best-of-event fifth place and secure some momentum towards the 2023 season. With that, the 29-year-old can reach some of the ambitious targets he sets himself each year — falling short of just a few in 2022.

Perhaps more suited to the relaxed, light-hearted nature of Tigers’s invitational, plus the upcoming Match VII and PNC Championship, JT called himself out on a three-year-old tweet about the traditional meal.

Replies were massively in favor of rejecting the turkey, with one response being:

“JT, we do steaks in our house with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides and pies…you can do it…you just gotta make the choice to go for it…don’t lay-up from 200 yds on the par 5,” whilst renown golf story-teller, Ryan French, also agreed with the two-time major winner:

I’m not sure what the poor turkey has done. If done well, it rivals chicken, but JT isn’t having it, politely calling it:

If anything, at least we know what will never be on his Masters champions dinner menu.

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2 Phil Mickelson putters go up for auction…and Phil authenticates them on video

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Last week, we reported on the start of an auction on for one of Tiger Woods’ famous Sunday red shirts.

By Sunday evening, November 27th, there had been 19 bids on the shirt worn during the final round of The Masters 2010, with the current leading offer being $44,771.00. With 13 days left, auction house, Golden Age, will expect bids to reach well in advance of $50k, by some way the biggest price for any of the current ‘Tiger’ memorabilia on the site.

It might have been a good few years since the famed years of the Woods/Phil Mickelson rivalry, but Lefty can’t keep out of the news that his great rival makes, and he too has authenticated some iconic golfing gear – a pair of Scotty Cameron putters.

The first is a handmade Cameron putter that Golden Age can authenticate with photographic evidence.

“We have located loads of photos of Phil Mickelson using this exact putter during that 2002 GHO victory, as well as in the Open Championship, PGA Championship, and Ryder Cup,” the auction house confirms.

“This custom putter is a left handed red dot Circle T Scotty Cameron,” they state, before describing the flat-stick in full. “It has a teryllium face that Scotty Cameron himself personally inserted into this putter. The toe is hand-stamped PHIL.”

Photo-matching is great, but in an era when many are cynical about the provenance of auction items, it is hard to beat video evidence from the player himself.

 

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In the video, Lefty states that, “They were both handmade by Scotty and I used them in the early 2000s. I definitely won with one for sure,” before confirming, “They were handmade by Scotty and myself around 2001.”

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