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Michael Jordan tried psyching out Ian Poulter at 2012 Ryder Cup but it didn’t work (Video)

Michael Jordan golfMichael Jordan did his best to psych out Ian Poulter at the 2012 Ryder Cup, but his efforts didn’t work and the European team wound up winning thanks to an epic comeback, which has been termed the “Miracle at Medina.”

In preparation for the 2014 Ryder Cup, NBC and Golf Channel are running some “Road to the Ryder Cup” shows featuring some cool interviews about past events. One of the videos contains an interview with His Airness, who happens to be a huge golf fan and Ryder Cup enthusiast.

Jordan shares how he decided to specifically follow Ian Poulter late in the final day of the event and trash talk the European golfer. MJ trash talked Poulter on holes 15, 17 and who knows what else. None of it worked.

“(Jordan) loves his golf, he loves Ryder Cup. He’s always there. He’s always been a helping hand to the Americans,” Poulter recalled on his SiriusXM show this week via the Chicago Tribune. “He was right there. I was there on 13 and I remember walking off the tee box at 13, looking over and he kind of wagged his – I don’t know if you can call it a finger, it looked like an arm – this big finger comes up and he was wagging it at me pulling a face as if to say, ‘We’ve got you.’ So Rory (McIlroy) holed that massive putt on 13 to start the comeback trail. I holed a nice birdie putt on 15 and there he was, Jordan standing there again, and he’s just looking at me, staring at me. And I’m like, this is amazing, this is what I live for, this is what makes sport great. I’m a little golfer, Ian Poulter, playing golf in the Ryder Cup, and there’s legend basketball player Michael Jordan psyching me out in the Ryder Cup! And you know what? I said, ‘Screw you, I’m gonna hole this putt.’ (laughter) But you know what, he’d done that for so many years on a basketball court, he hit the shot time and time again. I said to myself, ‘I’m not allowing him to get in my space.’ ”

Poulter said Jordan was there at 17 waiting to taunt him, too.

“We’re walking off [16] and there he is, 6-foot-8, however tall he is, Jordan standing right in my space. I’m walking to the 17th tee, this claw hammer of a fist of his, he just keeps it out in front of him and he kind of wags his finger and he gives me a little jab in the chest with his fist. It was like a sledgehammer hitting me! … So I’m not going to tell you what I said to him at that point! (laughs) And that’s a sign of respect in a way. I respect Jordan as a basketball player, as the player that owned that game for so long, watching things unfold, respecting the game of golf. I wasn’t intimidated. I felt privileged to be in that situation, to be in the heat of the moment, the power-packed point under the spotlight with everybody watching. And the pressure to hole putts and the pressure to deliver was immense.”

Sounds like MJ was doing more harm then good. Maybe next time our team captain will tell him to keep his nose out of the game!

Hideki Matsuyama apologizes after Ian Poulter rips him for ‘idiot’ move (Video)

Hideki MatsuyamaHideki Matsuyama apologized to Ian Poulter and other golfers on Saturday, a day after learning that the veteran called him an “idiot” for damaging a green during the second round of the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral on Friday.

Matsuyama, 22, was playing in the group ahead of Poulter, who was in a group with Charl Schwartzl and Jason Dufner. Damaging the 13th green left the next group to clean it up. Matsuyama apologized to all three prior to his third round on Saturday.

“At the time, I didn’t think I did it so strong, making the divot on the green,” Matsuyama told Japanese reporters in remarks that were translated, per ESPN. “Upsetting the players behind me means I did it.

“I was not careful enough. I need to be more careful about etiquette and manners in the future.”

Poulter called Matsuyama an “idiot” in a series of tweets sent Friday night.

Poulter and Matsuyama were actually paired together for Saturday’s third round. The youngster shot a 1-under 71, while Poulter went 1 over. Matsuyama is +4 for the tournament.

Looking at the video, what Hideki-san did seemed very minor.

Ian Poulter not a fan of Baba Booey chant, hears from Howard Stern

Fans attending the PGA Championship at Oak Hill this weekend were going a little overboard on the chants off the tee. The trend of yelling “get in the hole!” after a tee shot has been going on for a while, and the “mashed potatoes!” chant is a little newer. In addition to both of these chants, some fans were yelling “The Howard Stern Show” calling card “Baba Booey,” which is commonly used during crank calls.

It sounds like Englishman Ian Poulter is not familiar with the Stern show and not a fan of the “Baba Booey” call.

Ian Poulter Baba Booey

Hey Poulter, U mad bro? Poulter sent that tweet after shooting an even par 70 for the second time this week. He’s tied for 61st at 8-over par.

The best part was seeing Poulter’s tweet make it back to Stern, who offered a response.

Howard Stern Ian Poulter Baba Booey

Maybe that will teach Poulter not to complain. Or better yet, if he wants to protest, he should pull a Graeme McDowell and do something like this.

H/T Jimmy Traina

Fan wears windmill on head in response to Ian Poulter complaining

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Ian Poulter was one of several golfers who were unhappy with the layout of the course at the British Open on Thursday. After shooting a 72 in the opening round at Muirfield, Poulter took to Twitter to complain about how difficult some of the pin placements were given how stiff the course was. One of the holes he was upset with was the 18th.

And that should help explain the gentleman you see in the photo above. Of course, Poulter was referring to a miniature golf course because he thought the pin placement on 18 was a joke. He wanted a windmill and a smile and that’s exactly what he got. Tremendous effort by the guy who went through the trouble of making that contraption.

Photo via Twitter user @JSwiss

Ian Poulter fires back at Johnny Miller over criticism

ian poulter windIan Poulter fired back at NBC golf analyst Johnny Miller who criticized how long Poulter was taking to set up his shots over the weekend.

Play at the season-opening Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Maui, was cancelled three straight days because of strong winds. Poulter was among those who wanted golfers to tough it out despite the harsh winds.

“We need to try to put the show on,” Ian Poulter said at first. “Hyundai spent a lot of money. We want to play. Fans want to see us play. TV wants to see us play. We’re backed into a corner. I don’t think they understand how windy it really is. Now they’ve seen it.

“This is going to be crazy golf. You’ve just got to suck it up,” Poulter said via Reuters.

Though Poulter wanted to tough it out, he found golfing in those conditions to be extremely difficult. He had to back away six times on a 10-foot putt on the 11th hole Sunday, which irked Miller and Dan Hicks:

“He surely doesn’t have the Tom Watson attitude so far,” said Miller. “He’s afraid he’s going to hurt himself, probably set back the game 20 years. … He’s just taking way too much time. He’s being fairly dramatic here.”

Hicks shared similar thoughts.

“You have to give in to the conditions and the whole scene here to a degree or you’re going to drive yourself crazy trying to get set perfectly…”

Word of Miller and Hicks’ criticism got back to Poulter, who fired back via his Twitter account.

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Ian Poulter blasts Bethpage Black: ‘The worst course setup I have ever played’

A number of golfers struggled during Sunday’s final round at The Barclays, many of whom had later tee times. After several hours of sunshine, the greens at Bethpage Black became very dry and hard. There were signifcantly more three-putts than we are used to seeing from a Tour event, and many players were not shy about blaming the course conditions for their misfortunes. After finishing the afternoon with a 76, Ian Poulter was easily the most vocal.

“I’ve got to tell you, they (screwed) up today,” Poulter said after the tournament according to the Golf Channel. “Royally (screwed) up. Look at how many guys have had a bad day, and there’s a lot of guys that had a bad day. You know, (hole) eight, especially, is the worst I’ve ever seen on Tour. Eight was worse than Shinnecock. How about that? How about that for a statement? They have lost it.

“There’s supposed to be cloud cover, there wasn’t cloud cover. I don’t want to use that as an excuse. Fact is, the greens have barely got double-digit moisture in them. That is borderline unplayable on a golf course that simply plays as the longest course on Tour, pretty much. Right? Par 71. It’s the longest 71 we play. So therefore you’re going in with even more club than any other course we play. Elevated greens. Rock hard. That is an absolute recipe for disaster. You can quote me on all that stuff.”

And quote him we will. In addition to the interview, Poulter also shared the following tweet: “The worst course setup I have ever played in 13 years on tour. They have ruined what is a great course, greens like concrete (and) stupid pins (setups).”

While the course conditions were obviously not ideal, it’s important to remember that someone (Nick Watney) did shoot well enough to win the tournament. Several other players also shot in the 60s during the final round, so not everyone struggled. Poulter may have a legitimate gripe, but saying it publicly simply makes you sound like a sore loser.

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Ian Poulter thinks the Olympic golf format should be match play

Golf will be making its glorious return to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games after a staggering 112-year absence. But even though that moment is four years from coming to fruition, Ian Poulter is already assuming the role of an Olympic organizer and expressing ideas for what he thinks would be in the sport’s best interest.

The current plan for Brazil is to use a 72-hole stroke-play tournament format, similar to what we see almost every week on the professional tours. But Poulter thinks the Olympics should abandon uniformity and go for entertainment value by utilizing match play.

“Most other sports are one-on-one,” the Englishman told The Telegraph. “And that’s why I think viewers enjoy match play more. It’s more exciting and plays out better on TV. I think match play would suit the Olympics better.”

In fact, Poulter wouldn’t be upset if match play started popping up more frequently on the calendar.

“How about every week?” Poulter added. “The more we play, the better. I love the cutthroat, face-to-face nature of it and find the buzz a refreshing change from what we play week-in and week-out.”

Pretty bold idea from a guy with a pretty bold sense of style in his own right.

But, ultimately, people aren’t going to care what format in which golf is played during the Olympics, so long as stars like Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy are on the course. And, yes, we too crack a smile at idea of Tiger possibly hanging out at Rio.

Note: This post also appeared on Yardbarker’s Olympics blog Medal Detector.

Photo credit: Simon Stacpoole/Offside Sports via US PRESSWIRE