Poulter left furious by condition of Chambers Bay course
Ian Poulter has unleashed a blistering attack at tournament officials by claiming they lied about the state of the greens at US Open venue Chambers Bay.
The Englishman, like many players this past weekend, struggled to maintain any kind of coherent play on the Washington course, and has laid blame at the feet of those in charge of choosing the venue. He vented his thoughts as well as a picture of the greens on his Instagram account.
"This is not sour grapes or moaning or any of that crap. It is simply the truth,” Poulter wrote on Instagram.
"Mike Davis the head of the USGA unfortunately hasn't spoken the truth about the condition of the greens. I feel very sorry for the hundreds of greens staff who spent countless hours leading into this week and this week doing there (sic) best to have it the best they could and I thank them for that.
"But look at the picture. This was the surface we had to putt on. It is disgraceful that the USGA hasn't apologised about the greens they simply have said 'we are thrilled (with) the course condition this week'."
Billy Horschel, , meanwhile, has apologised for his actions at the event, after he became so angered by the state of the greens at the US Open venue, he almost embedded his putter into a green and went on to say he had “lost respect” for organisers the USGA.
“I am sorry for my actions on the sixth green,” Horschel said. “I did not hit the green with my putter but it is still not acceptable behaviour to do that.
“It is not the behaviour I wish to show to millions of viewers and fans. And it’s not the role model I wish to be to so many golfers in the world today. It was unacceptable and I promise to do better. Once again, I apologise.”
USGA officials have not commented on Poulter’s remarks, but former Ryder Cup player and Fox Sports commentator Brad Faxon said: “"The commissioner on the PGA Tour is a guy named Tim Finchem. Years ago, Finchem said something to us that I really believe makes sense.
"He said, 'A spectator at home doesn't care if you don't like a golf course or like the conditions.' The average guy is sitting there watching the US Open.
"The views are spectacular. We're out here in Puget Sound. You're seeing this unbelievable links-style golf course. Everyone would like to come out here and play a round of golf.
"And you're whining about these greens being bad when everybody has to play those same greens on those same holes. I get it. The greens weren't perfect. Everyone was saying things about that, even the USGA said, 'The grass just hasn't grown in like we wanted it to.'
"The guy that wins, Jordan Spieth, said the least about it, didn't he? You didn't hear Jordan Spieth saying, 'These greens are bad.' I think you just kind of need to shut up."
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