Ian Poulter wasted no time sharing his thoughts on what many players deemed to be more than sub-par putting conditions during the 2015 U.S. Open Championship held at Chambers Bay.
Shortly before Jordan Spieth clinched his first U.S. Open title by verdict of what has to be the most unfortunate 3-putt in the major championship’s 115-year history, Poulter posted this up-close photo of an unidentified Chambers Bay green on Instagram.
Brutal is an understatement.
Poulter was extremely frank with his accompanying words, specifically about his disgust with the USGA. He also offered some candid thoughts about his disappointment with his play, and an apology to golf fans everywhere who didn’t get a tournament they deserved.
I look forward to congratulating the 2015 US Open Champion very soon, I simply didn’t play well enough to be remotely close. This is not sour grapes or moaning or any of that crap. It simply the truth. Mike Davis the head of the @USGA unfortunately hasn’t spoke the truth about the conditions of the greens. I feel very sorry for the hundreds of greens staff who spent countless hours leading into this week and this week doing there best to have it the best they could and I thank them for that. But look at the picture. This was the surface we had to putt on. It is disgraceful that the @USGA hasn’t apologized about the greens they simply have said. “we are thrilled the course condition this week”. It wasn’t a bad golf course, In fact it played well and was playable. What wasn’t playable were the green surfaces. If this was a regular PGA tour event lots of players would have withdrawn and gone home on Wednesday, but players won’t do that for a major. They were simply the worst most disgraceful surface I have ever seen on any tour in all the years I have played. The US Open deserves better than that. And the extra money that they have earn’t this year from @FoxSports, they could easily have relayed the greens so we could have had perfect surfaces. Simply not good enough and deeply disappointing for a tournament of this magnitude. I don’t like it when people lie on camera to try and save face. And to all you fans that paid good money to try and watch us play golf but couldn’t see anything on most holes because it wasn’t possible to stand on huge slopes or see around stands, I apologize and I’m sorry you wasted your money traveling to be disappointed. I hope we all learn something moving forward to not have these problems in the future. Happy Fathers Day.
Well said, Ian.
I almost want to believe this picture could make a case for Dustin Johnson’s missed birdie putt on No. 18 being just a little more forgivable…but then again, when you’re the best in the world, a gimme putt is a gimme putt, right?