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Ian Poulter aims dig at Justin Thomas for having to play close putt

‘If it’s that short just tap it in’: Ian Poulter aims dig at furious Justin Thomas for having to play a three-foot putt in tight matchup at the Presidents Cup, pointing out American rival ‘made us tap in a few’

  • Ian Poulter has further prodded Justin Thomas by responding to putt reaction
  • The American was annoyed by Si Woo Kim deciding not to concede a putt
  • Poulter told him to get on with it and pointed out rival has done the same before 
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Ian Poulter has taken a swipe at American rival Justin Thomas after he seemed put out by having to play a three-foot putt at the Presidents Cup.

Thomas was irked by International Team player Si Woo Kim deciding not to concede a putt.

The American reluctantly tapped the ball in but looked visibly annoyed as he walked away from the green, shaking his head and muttering words under his breath. 

Justin Thomas was annoyed at having to play a three-foot putt at the Presidents Cup on Sunday

Ian Poulter took a swipe at his rival and told him to get on with it after doing the same himself

Poulter, who was not competing at the event and watched on following his defection from the PGA to LIV Tour, commented on Thomas’s furious reaction, telling him to get on with it.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘If it’s that short just Tap it in…… He’s made us tap in a few,’ followed by a shrug emoji.

Kim was the top points-earner by going 3-1, and went on to beat Thomas in the singles matchup on Sunday.

Thomas was also put out by Si Woo Kim’s celebrations during Presidents Cup singles match

Twelve holes were won between Thomas and Kim in the lead match and it all came down to a pair of 10-foot birdie putts on the 18th with the International Team player sinking his.

Kim also angered Thomas with his celebration on the 15th hole at Quail Hollow as he put his finger to his lips to shush his rival and pumped the air in jubilation.

The American was already heading to the next tee but appeared annoyed as he caught glimpses of the antics.

‘Honestly, at the time, I was pretty pissed off,’ Thomas told Golf Channel

‘I think when you’re in the moment, when you’re on the other side of it, it’s something that gets you motivated, gets you pumped up a little bit.’

Thomas was part of the America team which won their ninth consecutive Presidents Cup

Despite a frustrating day on a personal level, Thomas was part of the USA team that overcame its international counterparts to claim its ninth straight Presidents Cup, winning 17.5-12.5.

Thomas, who has remained with the PGA Tour, has been vocal in discussing the Saudi-backed breakaway league LIV, saying rebels only had themselves to blame last week.

While Poulter did not hold back in his criticism of the Swedish Golf Federation for axing his fellow LIV Golf player Henrik Stenson.

Taking to Twitter, Poulter said: ‘Beyond disappointing to hear this news. 

‘I actually hope the Juniors/Disability golfers have their say. I hope you regret this SGF.

‘The greatest Swedish male golfer. The Open Champ, 2 X Race to Dubai winner, FedEx Cup champ, Players Champ. Just to name a few of Henrik Stenson’s wins.’

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