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Poulter Denies Claims Of Disrespect For Seve Trophy Snub

Ian Poulter has denied being disrespectful to Seve Ballesteros after he rejected the opportunity to play in next week’s event in honour of the Spaniard.

Paul Lawrie was outspoken in his disappointment over the number of top golfers pulling out on the Seve Trophy, including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood.

Poulter placed his response about the comments from Lawrie while chatting with Lee Westwood on Twitter, writing: “Because I have a life, 4 children, wife & I like to see them occasionally.”

And when asked by one of his Twitter followers if he was being disrespectful to Ballesteros by missing the event, the Englishman replied: “Can’t play them all, I’m afraid. I haven’t played Memorial for years. Is it disrespectful to [Jack] Nicklaus?”

Jose Maria Olazabal was another player who, like Lawrie, felt that Ballesteros’ name was being tarnished by Poulter and the others for not attending the match, backing Lawrie’s comments by saying: “I feel pretty much the same. I know it’s a long season and a very demanding season, especially for the top players who have to travel around the world, playing in the States and different parts of the world. I know it’s difficult, but I feel it would be wonderful if these top players came to play in the event. It would be fantastic.”

He added: “Just imagine if Rory and G-Mac, Henrik Stenson and the others were involved. To have them there playing would be outstanding. I haven’t spoken to any of the guys. I’ve been in their situation, I know how tough it is, so I’m not going to tell them what to do. They are grown men, they run a very tight schedule and I understand their problems.”