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Greg Norman offers to help Ian Poulter end his putting stroke woes

Greg “The Shark” Norman has reached out through social media to offer Ian Poulter advice on the woeful putting strokes following his missed 5-footer at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Poulter, who recently switched his Cobra Golf equipment for Titleist Golf equipment, shot a 67 at the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday and could have forced a playoff with eventual winner Brooks Koepka, but his missed 5-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole sealed his fate.

The 12-time European Tour winner and Ryder Cup stalwart lamented his lapse following the defeat and vowed to improve on future displays.

"Yes, I'm going to be angry," he said. "I'll be angry for a good few days. But that's fine. I'll keep myself in my own little room and have a little chat with myself and come out and win next week."

However, shortly after the game, Poulter received a tweet from Greg Norman offering the Englishman some help: “Mate noticed something in your putting when I watched you yesterday. Easy fix,” the tweet read.

Poulter and Norman are well acquainted having until recently both been ambassadors for Cobra Golf – with Norman still part of the set-up there.

Shortly after Norman sent out his tweet, Poulter came back with a positive response, writing: “I will give you a call @SharkGregNorman. Thanks Poults.”

But there are more than a few raised eyebrows at Norman’s offer.

Poulter has been one of the most consistent putters on Tour for many years, and seems to get better with the flat stick when under pressure, as seen many times in Ryder Cup action. “The Shark” on the other hand, despite the many years he spent atop the World Golf Rankings, is perhaps best known for his failures at the 1986 Masters, which was capped by a missed 15-footer on Augusta’s final hole that would have forced a playoff with Jack Nicklaus, and the 1996 Masters, in which his putter was just one component of a rickety game where he forfeited a six-shot lead to Nick Faldo.

Is Ian Poulter showing desperation by seemingly accepting Greg Norman’s offer, or is the Englishman only showing respect to the man who has publicly reached out to assist a fellow golfer? It’s an intriguing situation and one we’ll be keeping a close eye on.