Ian Poulter destroys heckler on Twitter by telling his bosses

Ian Poulter is known for two things: Being outspoken and being a threat in Ryder Cups. But this time, he took it to another level by possibly getting a heckler fired form his job via Twitter.

Turns out that JJ Downum, the man who heckled Poulter, is the Assistant Athletic Director for Florida Southern College. Downum sent a message to Barstool Sports about his heckling but Poulter found out and didn’t take too kindly to Downum’s actions.

Apparently, Downum didn’t like the attention and ended up deleting his Twitter account. The reactions of fans have been mixed, especially since the golfer being heckled was Poulter who is not the most liked by fans and has a reputation for a bad attitude.

No word on if Downum still has his job at FSC. Although he deleted his Twitter account, Poulter still has the screenshot of what Downum said on his page.

Let this be a lesson kids. Be careful with how much you drink and be careful who you heckle because they may not take it so lightly, as Poulter didn’t.

UPDATE: Downum lost his job after Poulter’s tweet went out.

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Source: GolfDigest.com 


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WATCH: Ian Poulter crashes into tree while skiing

Here’s a Christmas gift for you. Ian Poulter was on a ski trip in Park City, Utah and equipped a GoPro camera to film his skiing experience in the first person.

Unfortunately for Poulter, he ended up crashing into a tree but it all ended in laughs as he was OK. Although it gets plenty cold in England, where Poulter is from, skiing isn’t a very popular activity.

GoPro even had a little fun with the clip.

Maybe tree hugging while tackling the Utah mountians wasn’t such a bad thing. If he made it around the tree and gained more speed, who knows what would’ve happened.

But, hopefully this clip made your Christmas Eve a little brighter in laughter (Especially if you’re a golf fan). Merry Christmas!

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Source: GolfDigest.com 


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PGA President removed from office for calling out Poulter

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PGA President Ted Bishop has been let go by the PGA for his comments on Ian Poulter on Twitter, calling him a “Lil girl”.

It all started when Poulter bashed Nick Faldo in his book ‘No limits” over the way Faldo treated Sergio Garcia during the broadcast of the historic 2008 Ryder Cup in which the Americans won with the dominate performances of Anthony Kim and Boo Weekly who have both long been not seen in any competitive play.

Last time I heard Boo, he was on the radio and of course I was delighted!

Faldo called Garcia “useless” and claimed that he had a “bad attitude” which is no surprise to anybody but Poulter has been a teammate of Garcia’s in a few Ryder Cups.

Bishop’s remarks were considered “sexist” which is what led to his demise. It wasn’t because “Oh, he attacked a player” but rather the “Lil girl” thing.

 

Ted released a statement in regards to his removal. This, courtesy of Golf.com:

 

I want to apologize to Ian Poulter and anyone else that I might have offended with my remarks on social media that appeared on October 23, 2014. Particularly, I have great remorse that my comments contained the words “little girl” because I have always been a great advocate for girls and women in golf.

My two children, both girls, have made their careers in golf. I have a 4-year old granddaughter who I hope will someday play the game. In my 37-year career in golf, I have worked with many women to grow the sport and I have been a champion for inclusion and equal rights for women in golf.

However, this is a classic example of poor use of social media on my part and if I had the chance to hit the delete button on the things that I sent out yesterday, I would without hesitation. The PGA of America asked me to avoid any interaction with the media in the past 24 hours and that is why I did not issue a formal and public apology, which I have wanted to do since early this morning.

This afternoon I was asked by my fellow Officers to resign my position as President. I declined because I wanted to speak to our PGA Board of Directors, offer a personal apology and let the due process take place in this matter. The Board heard me out and then voted to impeach me as the 38th President. That is the due process and I respect that, as painful as it might be.

The PGA has also informed me that I will not become the Honorary President nor will I ever be recognized as a Past President in our Association’s history. These, along with the impeachment are drastic consequences for the offense I have committed, but I must live with them. I take great pride in what we were able to accomplish in the last 23 months. Hopefully, we laid the groundwork for a successful future for the PGA of America. Today, all I have left is my PGA membership and that will always mean the world to me.

Ted Bishop, PGA

 

There are so many angles here. One is that both Poulter and Garcia can be clowns and they’ve shown.

 

Poulter is very outspoken as we know and Sergio has done his share of bad things although it seems like he’s toned it down a bit but we’ll see moving forward.

 

The other thing is that Bishop was in a position where he had to be careful about what he said. Calling out another player is probably something a President shouldn’t do as it takes away from your professionalism.

 

However, I was a bit surprised that he was removed because his words were considered “sexist”. I thought they removed him because he was calling Poulter  a name.

 

In this case, I think calling it “sexist” is a little overreaction although I know there’s a TON of little girls who can kick a grown man’s butt.

 

My other point is point out to Faldo which is why this whole thing started to begin with. As a broadcaster, you should never call players things like “useless” or anything like that.

 

It’s broadcasting 101. You say that, then people will think you’re against that player ever time you open the mics. As a play-by-play or color commentator, it’s not your job to give opinions.

 

Your job is to describe shots, courses, hole layouts, etc. Analysts and columnists are the ones who are paid to give opinions and even they have to be careful sometimes.

 

Although I think what Ted said was unprofessional, I don’t think it was bad enough to the point where he should of lost his job. It’s not like he swore at Poulter.

 

We already know Poulter can seem like a jerk sometimes but leave that to us fans to talk smack. The President shouldn’t be involved and should keep things as professional as possible and not throw into an already burning fire.

 

The interim Prez will be Derek Sprague.

 

Well! In other news, here’s a GIF of Ian Poulter falling down after a tough shot:

 

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Leave your thoughts on Ted Bishop’s departure below although I already know what’s coming because I just know.

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PGA President calls Ian Poulter a “Lil girl” on Twitter

Ooohh shots fired! Quick! Man the cannons! We’re steering the ship the other waaay!

President Ted Bishop who is known as one of the more expressive presidents in sports, gave Ian Poulter a slap in the face by calling him a “Lil girl” on Twitter after Poulter’s remarks about Nick Fadlo in his book titled “No Limits”.

Faldo had made some remarks about Sergio Garcia in the 2008 Ryder Cup calling him “useless” and that he has a “bad attitude”.

Poulter said the following in the autobiography:

“It makes me laugh. Faldo is talking about someone being useless at the 2008 Ryder Cup. That’s the Ryder Cup where he was captain. That’s the Ryder Cup where the Europe team suffered a heavy defeat.

“And he was captain. So who’s useless? Faldo might need to have a little look in the mirror. I have always got on great with Faldo in the past and I have a great deal of respect for everything he has achieved but this feels like sour grapes. It feels like a guy who is still bitter that he lost in 2008.Bishop

“Faldo has lost a lot of respect from players because of what he said. There were plenty of things a lot of the players were unhappy with at Valhalla but none of us criticised him. He may find that begins to change now.”

Although the Tweet has been deleted, here’s a screenshot of Ted Bishop’s tweet aimed at Poulter courtesy of Golf Digest:

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Look, I know, both Poulter and Garcia can be complete tools and there’s no denying that. Garcia has always been a controversial figure in golf and Poulter is known to say things that tend to anger others. However, as the president of the PGA, you should ALWAYS be professional.

You have to keep those thoughts to yourself. It’s fine what you think about them in your mind but when you have arguably the most important job in golf, you must have a neutral mind about players otherwise people will think you’re favoring other players over each other.

That’s just me. I think it’s best to just shy away from that stuff. Leave that to us fans!

Leave YOUR thoughts in the comments below! Also, you can follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio because I’m weird!

Credit: Golf Digest


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Video: Ian Poulter sells his home for $1.3 million

Although Ian Poulter has never been a world number one or won a major, he’s still one of the world’s most popular golfers with over one million followers on Twitter. He also has been known for his fire and passion for Ryder Cup and match play events. Well, the outspoken European is selling his old mansion according to his Twitter handle and he’s looking for a pretty high amount of cheddar cheese.

Here’s his tweet:

Man, I think he’s looking for more than just the cheddar cheese. I think he wants the whole sandwich! Now, if it was a chicken sandwich then I’d definitely throw some hot sauce on it!

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Full Rosters Set for American, European Ryder Cup Teams

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The Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks were selected on Tuesday. Both U.S. and European Ryder Cup squads are officially set. Both U.S. captain Tom Watson and Euro captain Paul McGinley made their final three choices and now we will be looking forward to another exciting Ryder Cup.

The three U.S. Picks were:

Keegan Bradley

Hunter Mahan

Webb Simpson

The three European picks were:


Stephen Gallacher

Ian Poulter

Lee Westwood

So now here is the full roster for your 2014 Ryder Cup teams.

Team USA:

Tom Watson — Captain
Keegan Bradley
Rickie Fowler
Jim Furyk
Zach Johnson
Matt Kuchar
Hunter Mahan
Phil Mickelson
Patrick Reed
Webb Simpson
Jordan Spieth
Jimmy Walker
Bubba Watson
Raymond Floyd — Vice Captain
Andy North — Vice Captain
Steve Stricker — Vice Captain


Team Europe:


Paul McGinley – Captain
Rory Mcilroy
Henrik Stenson
Sergio Garcia
Victor Dubuisson
Jamie Donaldson
Thomas Bjorn
Martin Kaymer
Graeme McDowell
Justin Rose
Lee Westwood
Stephen Gallacher
Ian Poulter
Des Smyth – Vice Captain
Sam Torrance – Vice Captain

So there you have it! Your 2014 squads! Lee Westwood might have been the biggest surprise to some judging by the Facebook comments I saw. A lot of fans probably thought Luke Donald deserved the pick but what Lee brings is that extra experience and power off the tee.

I had four out of the six picks right (Yay! Mini win!). I had Hunter Mahan, Keegan, and Brendon Todd.

For the Euro squad, I had Ian Poulter, Stephen Gallacher and Luke Donald. My reasons for choosing Brendon and Luke is because of their incredible putting ability.

So who did you think the Ryder Cup Captains should have picked? Do you like the picks? Leave your thoughts and comments below! This is the most exciting time in golf and would love to get your thoughts!

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The GP Early Morning Ryder Cup Captain’s Picks

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Now, a lot of us love the Ryder Cup and with the Captain’s Picks coming up today, I felt it was only right to post some pick predictions for both the U.S. and European squads! You ready? I hope you are! You don’t look ready….you aren’t ready. Oh well, I’ll pick anyway! Let’s gooo!


Team USA Picks:

Keegan BradleyThe 2011 PGA Championship winner has quickly become a threat in Ryder Cup play, especially when he’s with Phil Mickelson as proven at Medinah in 2012. He’s in the top 20 in three categories on the PGA Tour 2014 including driving distance (17th), scoring average (14th) and scrambling (14th). With the U.S. squad being loaded with accuracy/control style players, Tom Watson could definitely use Keegan’s pop off the tee….and his Air Jordan shoes.

Brendon ToddThe HP Byron Nelson champion has quietly become a solid player on Tour. He had a solid showing at the U.S. Open but got overshadowed by a historic performance by Martin Kaymer. Brendon is a putting machine, ranking sixth in strokes gained and is very accurate off the tee ranking in the top 50 in driving accuracy. The putting sold me on this pick. The U.S. won’t win if they can’t putt, and the would be Ryder Cup rookie would get the job done. He ranks 116th in Greens in Regulation but if he hits the greens, then he’ll be a major threat.

Hunter MahanThis was kind of a tough choice with guys like Chris Kirk, Ryan Moore and Steve Stricker still on the board but Hunter is still one of the best golfers in the world. He’s impressively ranked in the top 50 in almost all of the key categories including Driving Distance (47th), Scoring Average (42nd), Driving Accuracy (37th), Greens in Regulation (32nd) and Strokes Gained (39th). Hunter is the whole package. Some may remember is down fall in the Ryder Cup in 2010 at Celtic Manor against Greame McDowell but Hunter is back and is looking to redeem himself and now I feel he’ll be dangerous with the extra experience he has.

Team Europe Picks:

Stephen Gallacher A born Scotsman, Stephen has been playing some solid golf all year and deserves his spot on the European Ryder Cup squad. With multiple top 10’s on the European Tour, Stephen has become a very consistent player in golf. He also is a terrific driver averaging 296 yards off the tee in 2014 while also being a solid putter as well. He has two key aspects in golf that he’s fairly good at it. Paul McGinley wouldn’t be disappointed with this pick and with Stephen being at home, it gives him a major boost.


Luke Donald
The golf superstar who represents England and Chicago is another solid pick idea for captain McGinley. Although he’s been quiet in most aspects of his game lately, he’s still one of the most dangerous putters in the world and he’s a true pro who can also be somewhat of a leader out there for team Europe. When Luke is drilling putts, and driving with accuracy, he’s hard to stop. His flatstick who heat up annnyy minute.

Ian Poulter Well duh, this has to be the most obvious choice of all of the picks. Hate him or love him, he brings an energy and excitement to team Europe that most players have never seen before. The Ryder Cup is where Poulter is at his best. He hasn’t had a great season on the PGA Tour in 2014 but in the Ryder Cup, he turns into a monster. Anytime Poulter is on your team, you know he’s going to put on a show. Ignore his stats, when he’s in the Ryder Cup, he’s a whole other animal. He is also one who has amazing putting ability when he’s on top of his game. His recovery isn’t too shabby either.

So there you have it! Who do you have for YOUR Ryder Cup picks? We’ll see the Captain’s Picks later today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter @ChiGolfRadio!


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WATCH: Trailer to EA Sports’ Tigerless Golf Game Looks Out of This World

Oh….My….GOLF! EA Sports released a trailer at popular gaming convention, E3 for their next golf game which will not include Tiger Woods and it looks PHENOMENAL! The graphics for “EA Sports PGA Tour” look amazing and the fantasy course will blow you away. I’m a sports video game junkie. Other than golf and journalism, it’s sports video games for me and let me tell you that this trailer is the best looking golf trailer I’ve ever seen. It’s too early to tell but it looks great so far. Most people dislike fantasy courses but you will NOT be disappointed after checking out this E3 trailer. With Ian Poulter, who took a picture a while back in studio while working with EA and now he’s the star of EA Sports PGA Tour’s first trailer, this could definitely be your cover athlete for the game but it’s definitely too early to tell. View this short video with your own risk….

With The Golf Club coming out soon, EA making a return, and still with the possibility of 2K Sports releasing a golf game, it’s going to be very interesting in the golf video game world. Get excited virtual golfers! You’ll have a lot of couch golf to play this and next year! Oh and I absolutely love that “Golf without limits” saying. It tells you that you can play golf anywhere, anytime and it’s TRUE! That’s why it’s the greatest sport in the world.

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Ian Poulter and Steve Elkington Have a War of Words on Twitter

You want more nasty arguments? Well you got them! Ian Poulter and Steve Elkington had a bit of words towards each other on Twitter and it makes you wonder since both of these guys are quite expressive, who started it? Well, none other than Steve Elkington and it shouldn’t be a surprise. Sure, Poulter has his moments but Elkington is more of a tool in my personal opinion and has been known to say some crazy crap on Twitter and some tweets could just be either about football or he’s chatting with fellow PGA Tour pro Pat Perez. A fan had asked Elkington about Ian Poulter and Elkington responded of course and of course Poulter shot back which also isn’t surprise because as we know, Poulter isn’t afraid to give his opinion HOWEVER, he doesn’t seem quite like a tool like Elkington is. As I’ve written a bit earlier, Elkington went on Twitter and made fun of a helicopter crash that occurred in Scotland about a month ago and now he’s already back for more. The moment you’ve been waiting for. The tweets. Enjoy!

Even a fan stepped in and supported Poulter in the feud.

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Credit: Kyle Porter, CBS Sports


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Has EA Sports Found Their New Tiger Woods?

Here's a picture of the tweet courtesy of a fan on the EA Sports forums, sadly I wasn't able to get the actual tweet but I knew it WAS there and now it's not.

Here’s a picture of the tweet courtesy of a fan on the EA Sports forums, sadly I wasn’t able to get the actual tweet but I knew it WAS there and now it’s not.

As we all know, Tiger Woods is no longer the cover boy for the EA Sports’ golfing franchise and left many of us asking the question, what’s next? Well, I did some digging around and it looks like Ian Poulter is a possible candidate as the new poster child of the legendary golf video game. There was a tweet all the way back from August that Poulter sent that went as follows: “Doing a little work for @EAsportsgolf this morning.” Although the tweet is old, I haven’t seen any other articles written about it and it could possibly hint that Ian could be the next cover boy for the game unless it’s just regular work. But if it was just regular work then why are they working so closely with him two years prior to the new game? That could be a sign because I’d think they’d be working with the cover athletes the most since they’re the stars of the game.

If this is true then I think Ian’s a solid choice since he’s a great competitor and he’s fantastic with the Ryder Cup which is arguably the biggest golf tournament in the world. Yes, not everyone likes Poulter but his competitiveness is fitting with the game and may possibly mean an inclusion of the European Tour as well as Poulter has those connections. So, is Ian Poulter going take the throne from the almighty Tiger Woods? What features would the new game have? I think it would be pretty cool seeing the home courses of some of the top players featured in the game or seeing Pine Valley and Cypress Point in there for the first time. Or neither, just have a course creator and that’ll be the icing on the cake alone! So, what do you think of the possibility of Ian Poulter being the new cover boy for the popular golf video game? As always, let me know in the comments section!

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