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Ian Poulter took a bad drop at the China Open, then made fun of himself on Twitter

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Ian Poulter called them "basic rules," but in his defense, it's hard not to get a little confused sometimes.

After hitting his drive into the foliage off the tee on the 13th hole at the China Open on Friday, Poulter took his required two club-length drop. So far, so good. But when Poulter dropped his ball back into play, it landed onto a cart path. So, as is his right, he took another drop; two club-lengths, no nearer the hole.

And therein lies the problem. Poulter was right to take two club-lengths for his first drop, but relief from a cart path requires just one club-length from the nearest point of relief. His ensuing penalty helped him to a triple-bogey eight on the hole en route to a 74. 

"We make mistakes, I guess, and that was a fun one," Poulter said after the round. "Guess I need to get the rulesbook back out and start chewing it."

He followed up on Twitter:

He may have been upset at the time, but Poulter handled it in good spirits, offering a prize to the person who could make fun of him the best.