News & ToursNovember 21, 2013

A chronological look at Ian Poulter's most controversial moments

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

SiriusXM Radio announced on Thursday that starting next year, Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson will each host their own weekly radio show to talk everything golf. 

Stenson's "dry humor" and Poulter's "brash" talk were both appealing to Sirius, so expect to hear more from both in the future.

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While Stenson's media presence has been rather muted in the past, Poulter has never shied away from airing his opinions, something he freely admits, so we thought it would be a good time to look back at some of the pair's more high-profile moments.

Let's start with Stenson. Aside from trashing a locker after a bad round toward the end of the 2013 PGA Tour season, the Swede has managed to stay out of the spotlight. Although there was that time he hit it into a water hazard and did this:


"The trouble is I don't rate anyone else...Don't get me wrong, I really respect every professional golfer, but I know I haven't played to my full potential and when that happens, it will be just me and Tiger."

There was also that time he accused Anthony Kim of "body-checking" him during their 2008 Ryder Cup match:

"I was body-checked by a certain member of their side on Saturday afternoon...It was someone who just decided that I wasn't there and they would like to walk through me, as opposed to walking around me, as I was walking off the [14th] tee. "He decided to drop his right shoulder into me. I said, 'that was awfully nice' and he said, 'What?'"

He got himself into big trouble in 2010 when, referring to Arsenal's (his favorite soccer team) loss to revival Tottenham Hotspur, he tweeted an anti-Semitic remark referring to the team as "yids." He later apologized, saying that he is "not racial in anyway [sic]."

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Poulter didn't exactly make himself any friends in 2010, when he ate cereal out of the Ryder Cup and posted a video of it on twitter.

He wasn't as controversial in 2013, but he did take to Twitter to fire and replace his putter before the British Open, where he went on to finish T-3.

I am sacking my putter, I will use a new putter at the Open. Putter manufacturers please send me some to try to my IJP office please.

-- Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 7, 2013

My putter is selected for the week. It is an Odyssey White Damascus. Rolling it very nice. Testing over for now.

-- Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 16, 2013Oh yea, and that time he said that fans who yelled after pros hit their shots should be tazed, forgetting, apparently, that he actually set a precedent for encouraging fans to yell.

This baba boo shit & mash potato crap shouting wouldn't happen at Augusta, The Open, nor would it happen at Wimbledon. Tazer the thrushes.

-- Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) August 11, 2013 In all, it should make for some interesting radio.

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