Monty targeted Poulter for opting not to play in this week’s Vivendi Trophy match. Poulter joined seven other players that turned down their invitations. Padraig Harrington and Luke Donald are playing in the Tour Championship, and Paul Casey and Martin Kaymer are injured. Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose didn’t have commitments this week.
Apparently Monty and Poulter have a feud that traces back to last year’s Ryder Cup. Poulter didn’t play in the last qualifying event because he banked on Nick Faldo’s captain pick. As Monty likes to do, he voiced his objections and Poulter responded with his own strong words. It soon escalated to a heated disagreement between them via the media.
So that would explain why Monty chose to direct criticism solely toward Poulter.
I spoke to Miguel Angel Jiménez. He’s never missed one of these and never would miss one. Good for him and I’m the same and Paul McGinley the same and Thomas. I haven’t spoken to Ian at all. Please don’t make any big issue of this.
As he should know, it was inevitable to become one.
I would like to focus on the players that are here and not the players that are not. It does give an opportunity for those who would not otherwise have played to impress not just the captains and their team-mates, but me also. You could have over half the [Ryder Cup] team playing here quite easily and it will be interesting to see who performs within a team environment.
So, he’s saying Poulter isn’t a team player. This time around Poulter decided to respond in a civil manner. He explained his decision via Twitter.
It would have been great to play the seve trophy, but the schedule becomes very difficult to play every event, so important not to burn out
And he wants to spend time with his family because he’ll be away for six straight weeks starting in November. Understandable. Because of the Tour’s schedule, the last few months were a tiring, long stretch for most players.
It also doesn’t seem like he’s offended by the comments as he added that Monty will be an inspiring Ryder Cup captain. At least Poulter has learned not to add more fuel to the fire.