Golf commentator Johnny Miller is not known for holding back whatever thoughts jump into his head at any given time. Technically, that’s what he gets paid to do. However, some of Miller’s comments from the weather shortened Hyundai Tournament of Champions are not sitting very well with Ian Poulter.
Miller was very critical of Poulter’s tactics on the green Sunday at Kapalua, in the midst of some very windy conditions. Poulter was apparently taking longer over a putt than Miller found necessary, and Miller shared his thoughts with the viewing audience when he said, “He’s just taking way too much time, he’s being fairly dramatic here.”
Poulter clearly wasn’t happy with the comments, as you can see by his response to Miller via Twitter below.
Johnny miller why don’t you come interview me live and say that stuff straight to my face…… Was you watching a different channel.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) January 6, 2013
All of the participants this week in Kapalua were likely frustrated, and understandably so. It has to be frustrating to continually have to start and stop and start again when trying to compete in a professional golf tournament.
Actually frustrated & gutted I’ve played 10 holes in 2 over par which would be in a great position. Both attempts scrapped. #justabreeze
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) January 7, 2013
Knowing that you have played well enough to get into a competitive position in the first golf tournament of the season has to be a great feeling. Realizing that all of that effort was for naught must be incredibly disheartening. Instead, Poulter finished the tournament at five shots under par, which was good for a tie for ninth place, 11 shots off of the lead.
I have a feeling that Poulter will bounce back nicely and have an impressive 2013. I wouldn’t be surprised if he contends for a major championship. I wonder what Miller will have to say then?