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PGA of America president stuns Ian Poulter with 'lil girl' tweet
Ian Poulter has responded to comments made against him by PGA of America president Ted Bishop, in which he labelled the Englishman a ‘lil girl’, as “pretty shocking and disappointing.”
Bishop was replying to what Poulter wrote in his new book, titled 'No Limits', in which he criticises the appointments of Nike Faldo and Tom Watson as captains in the Ryder Cup.
Comparing Faldo’s superior major and Ryder Cup record with Poulter’s, Bishop tweeted: Yours v His? Lil Girl."
"I guess we can only have opinions if you win a major or 6," Poulter swiftly retorted.
Englishman Faldo has six major victories under his belt and a record 25 Ryder Cup points earned during a glittering golf career. But it was what the 57-year-old said at this year’s Ryder Cup which saw him draw massive heat with the European team. While commentating on the action, the 2008 European captain said that Sergio Garcia was “useless” during the 16½-11½ loss to the United States at Valhalla six years ago, adding that he had a "bad attitude".
Poulter, 38, pulls few punches in his book, writing: "Faldo has lost a lot of respect from players because of what he said."
Making sure to highlight it was Europe’s only loss in the past 15 years and that Faldo was captain, he added: "So who's useless? I think Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror.''
In Bishop’s tweet, which has since been removed, he said: "Faldo's record stands by itself. Six majors and all-time RC points. Yours vs. His? Lil Girl.''
Bishop also took a swipe at Poulter via a separate post on his Facebook page, which has also since been deleted, saying: "Really? Sounds like a little school girl squealing during recess. C'MON MAN!"
Poulter later issued a statement to the Golf Channel, writing: "Is being called a 'lil girl' meant to be derogatory or a put down? That's pretty shocking and disappointing, especially coming from the leader of the PGA of America. No further comment.''
Some of the anger from Bishop likely stems from the fact it was he who picked 65-year-old Watson as the 2014 US Ryder Cup captain, and Poulter acknowledges in his book that Watson’s decision-making "completely baffled" him, adding: "It gave us a real boost. I found it utterly bizarre."
And he lamented the failure of Watson not opting to play Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in either of the Saturday sessions as a particularly head-scratching move.
It’s never dull when Ian Poulter is around, and you can bet the polarising golfer will be in a few more internet scuffles as further details from his book begin to surface.