Poulter loses his cool as putter deserts him
Englishman Ian Poulter was pretty in purple, from his chequered pants and sweater to his shoes. He turned a shade of blue after his round, snapping at the media in a post mortem of his 'disappointing' one-over 71.
The defending champion was unhappy after failing to roll in the putts and finishing with a solitary birdie and two bogeys on the fifth and eighth holes on the front nine (his back nine).
'It was a tricky day, windy, and obviously I'm disappointed. I actually played nicely and didn't hole a putt out there. I have work to do tomorrow and this golf course will play tough as you've seen with the scoreboard,' he said. Poulter, who flirted with an historic 59 last year - never before achieved on the European Tour - before carding a scintillating 10-under 60 in the second round, blamed his putter.
'The conditions didn't bother me. The golf course is fairly short, scoreable, the greens are fast and when you get a wind in the direction it was today, which is not the prevailing wind, it makes the golf course tricky,' he said.
So what have you got to work on, popped out a question. Things took a turn for the worse as Poulter all but sniggered.
'I just said I didn't hole any putts so obviously I will have to go to the putting green,' he answered.
Question number two: McIlroy [his playing partner] shot a 64 and threw down the gauntlet. Is this going to make it difficult?
'Are you handing the trophy to him now? We were eight shots behind going into the last day last week [at the World Cup where he and Justin Rose finished second].
'If you are handing the trophy now, you hand him the trophy. But I will tell you what, there is some golf to play.
'So any more interesting questions, any more commonsense questions,' asked Poulter. Whipped into submission by Poulter's petulance, none of the assembled media dared challenge him.
He walked off in a huff - towards the putting green.