Ian Poulter has again become embroiled in another row over LIV Golf after strangely asking an American golf reporter to “show some respect for Queen Elizabeth II.”
The Brit’s comment came after Rex Hoggard, who covers golf for NBC, tweeted about him ignoring the request from PGA European Tour CEO Keith Pelly not to wear LIV gear at Wentworth.
European Tour CEO Keith Pelley asked the LIV players in this week’s BMW PGA field not to wear their LIV team gear. Most don’t. Ian Poulter does, with his team’s logo on his shirt. “This is a company that I am part of and I have the right to wear it,” Hoggard said on Twitter on Thursday.
On the first day of the BMW PGA Championship, Poulter sported an LIV-related Majesticks sleeve sponsor – his team’s name.
Rex, sorry Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has passed away. And there’s nothing you can do to keep throwing pettiness out of the world,” the 12-time DP Tour winner tweeted in response to Hoggard’s tweet.
‘Show some RESPECT in these sad times. Give yourself a day off. #RIP Elizabeth. Just to clarify, this isn’t my LIV gear,” he added. Poulter has since removed the tweet from social media.
Ian Poulter had another row over LIV golf with an NBC reporter, telling him to ‘show some RESPECT in these sad times’, referring to Queen Elizabeth II’s death
The Englishman has since removed the tweet from social media. Pictured at Wentworth Club
The 46-year-old finished as joint-No. 25 on the standings after finishing the day with a score of three under 69.
His tense exchange with Hoggard comes a day after his feud with Billy Horschel on Wednesday.
The American and defending champion had named Poulter among several LIV Golf Invitational Series members ahead of the tournament in Wentworth, clearly upset to be allowed to participate in the DP World Tour after joining the controversial Saudi-backed venture. .
George Cooper of the National Club Golfer, who witnessed the encounter, said: ‘Although they were too far away to understand what was being said – and my lip-reading skills are just not what they were – it certainly didn’t look from a friendly catch up.
“I asked Poulter for comment afterwards, but he… [politely] turned down.’
LIV Golf members have been banned from the PGA Tour and from most DP World Tour events, although they will be allowed to take the field this week in Wentworth if they are in the top 60 of the Official World Golf Rankings – something they can’t. are improved by playing in LIV Golf events.
Tempers seemed to heat up between Ian Poulter (R) and Billy Horschel (L) in Wentworth on Wednesday
The pair were involved in a candid exchange of views on the putting green on Wednesday
Horschel was most outspoken in his critique, checking Lee Westwood, Poulter, Abraham Ancer, Talor Gooch and Bernd Wiesberger name as players ate and finished their pie.
Horschel, the world’s number 15, said: “They signed a contract with LIV, taking into account the understanding that they might not get the rewards they had on the DP World Tour and PGA Tour. They put a price number on it. That’s the contract they signed with LIV.
“I’ve talked to Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, Bernd Wiesberger, guys I get on well with. I don’t blame them for making that decision. But you’ve made a decision that will weaken both tours.
“Even though Westwood and Poulter have been regulars on the European Tour, I don’t think those guys should really be here. I don’t think the American guys who haven’t supported the PGA Tour should be here.
The American is unhappy defending his BMW PGA Championship title against LIV Golfers
Jon Rahm also hit on the LIV golfers who will contest the BMW PGA Championship
“Abraham Ancer, Talor Gooch – you have never played this tournament, you have never supported the DP World Tour. Why are you here? You are only here for one reason and that is to try and get points in the world rankings.
“Some of these guys have said they wanted to play golf less. It’s pretty hypocritical to come here and play outside of LIV when your main thing was to spend more time with family and less golf.”
Spanish star Rahm was particularly saddened that eligible LIV players are here at the expense of regular golfers from the DP World Tour, with the Tour not upholding a suspension by law.
Rahm said: ‘What I don’t understand is that some players who have never shown an interest in the European Tour have never shown an interest in playing this event, are given a chance just because they can get world ranking points, and hopefully major next year. A perfect example, a good friend of mine (Alfredo Garcia-Heredia) is first on the entry list.