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Ian Poulter Blasts Hideki Matsuyama Leading Into Third-Round Pairing At WGC-Cadillac Championship

Ian Poulter Hideki Mastuyama WGC Cadillac Championship

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When it comes to the world of social media, PGA Tour star Ian Poulter is one of the more entertaining players, thanks to the fact that he offers a mostly unfiltered look at whatever’s on his mind at the time. Friday evening, Poulter made waves on Twitter once again, blasting Hideki Matsuyama for intentionally damaging a green during play.

According to the account, Matsuyama allegedly left a large dent in the 13th green, and Poulter, playing in the group behind, had to wait for a tournament official to repair the damage. A look at his Twitter timeline shows that a few hours to cool off did little to sooth the Englishman’s anger.

 

 

Poulter would go on to call what Matsuyama did “disgusting”. “I’m no saint & first to say,” Poulter wrote. “I wouldn’t bury a putter in a green 5 ft from a hole & have players behind deal with it.”

While Poulter is never known for sugarcoating his thoughts when he has a problem with something, in this case, he’s got a good point, if his handling was a bit indelicate. Matsuyama has taken the golf world by storm, but he’s only been a pro for less than a year, and his immaturity may be showing. Certainly the challenging conditions at Trump National Doral are taking a toll on players, but that’s no excuse for damaging a putting surface.

To make things even more exciting, as both players sit at five-over-par, they will be paired together in the third round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship. While I don’t expect any on-course fireworks, Poulter said that he “can’t wait” to speak directly to Matsuyama on Saturday, perhaps giving the rookie a lesson in how to carry himself as a pro. Don’t miss this morning matchup.

Brandon Raper is a golf writer for RantSports.com. “Like” him on Facebook, follow him on Twitter @Brandon__Raper, and join him on Google+