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Ian Poulter replies to Paul Azinger for comments on the European tour | Sport

Ian Poulter led a reaction against Paul Azinger’s comments, accusing the American television commentator of showing “disrespect” by denigrating the European tour.

Azinger, the 2008 US Ryder Cup captain winner, was working as NBC’s main golf analyst at Honda Classic when he said that British golfer Tommy Fleetwood was under pressure to prove himself by earning his first win on the PGA Tour.

During the comment, Azinger, who also won the USPGA in 1993, said: “There is a lot of pressure here [on Fleetwood]. You know you’re trying to show everyone that you have what it takes.

“These guys know that, you can win anything you want on the European tour, the international game and everything else, but you have to win on the PGA tour.

“[Lee] Westwood was offended when I asked for it. He said he has won 44 times worldwide. But it’s not the PGA Tour.

“They know it, and I think Tommy knows it and has put slight pressure on Tommy.”


Garrett Morrison
(@Gfordgolf)

A good example of why I wouldn’t recommend watching the PGA Tour golf with the sound turned on pic.twitter.com/rQEHjY5cTa


March 1, 2020

Poulter, whose stellar record in the Ryder Cup marks 14 wins, six defeats and two halves, was one of several European golfers and caddies who called Azinger to report on social media.

Poulter wrote on Twitter: “I really like @PaulAzinger. And get along with him. But Paul, please don’t condemn or disrespect @EuropeanTour and our players like that.

‘We’ve slapped our asses in the Ryder Cup for so long. I know you got a win but it was seriously embarrassing today. “

Ian Poulter
(@IanJamesPoulter)

I like it @PaulAzinger A lot. And get along with him. But Paul, please, don’t condemn or disrespect the @EuropeanTour and our players like it. We slapped your ass in the Ryder Cup for so long I know I know you won a win but it was seriously embarrassing today.


March 2, 2020

Spanish golfer Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño said: “It is the same Azinger who last year called Molinari’s putt at Bay Hill’s 18th putt” the most important putt of his career “months after he just won the Open ? “

Francesco Molinari’s caddy, Mark Fulcher, added: “Not on the day of @ TommyFleetwood1. But as always, a class reaction. Please note Mr. Azinger. Better times for this” non-pga tour winner “. Cake humble early with extra custard. “

Fleetwood has won five times on the European tour and with Francesco Molinari he became the first couple to win all four games at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

Europe has won four of the last five Ryder Cups.

Fleetwood finished third behind Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and Im Sung-jae winner at the Honda Classic.

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