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Masters 2016 diary: Ian Poulter bickers with journalists on Twitter over 'scruffiness'

Masters 2016 diary: Ian Poulter bickers with journalists on Twitter over ‘scruffiness’

  • Ian Poulter hit back on Twitter at journalists who criticised his outfits
  • Lee Westwood would receive a £2million bonus from Dunlop if he wins his first major
  • The competitive spirit still burns strongly inside the evergreen Gary Player 

Matt Lawton At Augusta

Poulter gets shirty

Ian Poulter is a sensitive soul, bickering on Twitter with journalists who suggested he stands out only because of his garish outfits. He called one reporter the ‘scruffiest’ he had met. It may be fair comment but Saturday’s 82 did not help Poults defend his case.

Ian Poulter hit back at his critics on Twitter on Sunday and called one journalist the 'scruffiest' he had met

Ian Poulter hit back at his critics on Twitter on Sunday and called one journalist the ‘scruffiest’ he had met

Westwood’s bonus spur

Prize-money figures for this year’s Masters revealed $1.8million (£1.27m) for the winner, down to $25,200 for 50th place. For Lee Westwood, of course, there was still the incentive of a long-standing Dunlop sponsorship deal. With that first major there would also be a further £2m bonus pay-out.

Lee Westwood would receive a bonus pay-out of £2million from his sponsor Dunlop if wins his first major

Lee Westwood would receive a bonus pay-out of £2million from his sponsor Dunlop if wins his first major

Player still fired up

Competitive fire still burns in Gary Player. After out-driving Jack Nicklaus with a tee-shot on Thursday, the 80-year-old tweeted over the weekend: ‘55 years ago today I proudly became the 1st foreigner to win @TheMasters, beating my friend Arnold Palmer.’ Have that, old chum!

Gary Player (right), reminded everyone that he was the first non-American to win the Masters 55 years ago

Gary Player (right), reminded everyone that he was the first non-American to win the Masters 55 years ago

Day has wow factor

Aussie golfer Jason Day’s driving has been mightily impressive at Augusta this week, so you have to give full credit to US writer Steve Eilling for putting the whole thing into into its proper context. ‘Jason Day (right), wow. That was the biggest Aussie bomb since Crocodile Dundee II.’

'That was the biggest Aussie bomb since Crocodile Dundee II,’ said a writer about Jason Day's strong driving

‘That was the biggest Aussie bomb since Crocodile Dundee II,’ said a writer about Jason Day’s strong driving

Three holes in one at 16th

Shane Lowry, Davis Love III and Louis Oosthuizen all hit holes-in-one at the 16th in the final round. Irishman Lowry was first with an eight-iron, before Love followed suit with a seven-iron. Oosthuizen then holed his tee shot via a deflection off playing partner JB Holmes’s ball.