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.
"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:
I didn't think it would be difficult to drop a golf ball, but today I managed to make a complete $â¬$%^#Â¥= arse of it. Basic Rules. #Nobhead
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) April 25, 2014 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.
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