At 21 and ranked in the world’s top 25, Hideki Matsuyama seemingly has everything going for him. But he does have a fault.
To his 1.6 million-plus followers on Twitter, Ian Poulter explained the golfing crime committed by his young rival and vowed to have a word with him before they teed off in the third round on Saturday.
“Playing with Matsuyama tomo. He buried his putter in the 13th green 5ft from the hole, Referee had to repair the crater. Because he didn’t,” Poulter tweeted.
“I’m no saint and first to say. But that was disgusting. I wouldn’t bury a putter in a green 5ft from a hole and have players behind deal with it.
“Why should Matsuyama leave a crater in the green for others to putt over, or have to call a referee to repair the damage? Idiot.”
Poulter was playing in that group behind. Matsuyama, who recorded top-10 finishes in both the US Open and Open last year, will almost certainly be fined for his piece of injudicious gardening. Yet first he had to face Poulter’s judgment.