Sunday 28 December 2014

Ian Poulter's head in the clouds with Twitter rant

Karl MacGinty

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

Ian Poulter tees off during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club
Ian Poulter tees off during the second round of the 2014 PGA Championship golf tournament at Valhalla Golf Club

IAN POULTER landed himself in a mid-flight crisis yesterday when a po-faced Twitter rant at British Airways showed how far removed the super-rich English golfer is from the realities of everyday life.

Poulter lambasted the airline when they were unable to provide all six business class tickets he'd bought to ferry his family across the Atlantic. He informed his 1.7 million followers on Twitter: "Booked 6 business seats for my wife & nanny to fly home & @British_Airways downgrade my nanny so Katie has no help for 10 hours with 4 kids."

If he expected sympathy, Poulter was badly mistaken as a torrent of tweets poured in ridiculing him.

Perhaps the most subtle castigation came from @MarkDougles which read: "Thoughts with you at this dark time, Ian". There were no punches pulled by @TheBrigadier: "That news is just terrible Ian. I hope those four kids don't suffer too much like those in Gaza. How awful for the family." On and on and on they went.

Poulter admirably has risen from humble roots as an assistant club professional in his native Essex to stardom on Tour and, especially, at the Ryder Cup, while he also designs his own range of clothing.

The golfer, who uses a snap of his prize collection of Ferraris as his profile picture on Twitter, immediately found himself on the defensive: "I don't see what the problem is. I work as hard as everyone else to provide the best for my family. So I can share my opinion. #Thankyou."

Slowly, the penny began to drop: "It looks like I'm being a stuck up nob. But what is wrong with getting what you have paid for. I ordered a steak. Sorry you can have tomato."

Proving he hadn't completely lost touch with reality, Poulter tweeted a picture of a golf ball with 'BA' emblazoned on it, suggesting: "Hahaha Byron the chef just said if you hit this down the first you might out drive Rory. Hahahaha that's funny."

Mind you, he'd have to say that. 'Byron the chef', one suspects, is Byron McIntosh, a 6' 5" giant from Florida who is cooking for Poulter and his housemate in Louisville this week, Graeme McDowell.

Irish Independent

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