Add Ian Poulter to the growing list of golf personalities who are fed up with personal attacks via social media. Poulter voiced his frustrations in a Twitter rant using the hashtag #BlockTheSadLowLifeIndividuals.
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) May 4, 2017
It’s unclear if any specific sad, low-life individuals prompted Poulter’s outburst, but a brief look through his replies on Twitter returns several candidates.
Poulter’s tweet just one day before the rant, offering tips on pre-game routine, fueled critics to point out his recent shortcomings, and could be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
@IanJamesPoulter What you been doing then, cos you’re absolutely shite hahahahaahah!!!!!
— Alan Galsworthy (@GalsworthyAlan) May 3, 2017
Many of Poulters 2.33 million Twitter followers voiced their displeasure over his pictures of a custom iPhone case that matches the snakeskin interior of his Ferrari. Replies like this one may also have provoked Poulter’s reaction.
— Gary Adams (@GaryAdams64) May 3, 2017
When Poulter’s content fails to offend, his sentence-structure picks up the slack. After offering a tour-player’s perspective on the R&A and USGA’s joint statement regarding the use of green-reading materials, his misuse of “to” was too deplorable to ignore.
— Timothy Pearch (@TRPearch) May 3, 2017
Rest assured, however, that Poulter’s perspective on the use of green-reading materials did not, in fact, fail to offend.
@IanJamesPoulter Don’t get mad because you don’t know how to use one. Maybe if your learn how to use one you won’t have to pay to get your tour card back.
— Dan Pakta (@PaktaDan) May 3, 2017
With just a quick look, it’s easy to see why Poulter is fed up with the social media attacks against him. And he’s not alone. Dottie Pepper suspended her Twitter account altogether earlier this week after the harsh outcry from her on-air short-selling of Scott Brown’s achievements.
Rather than shutting down his account, Poulter prefers the trail blazed by Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee. Chamblee, the Wilt Chamberlain of blocking trolls, claims to have blocked 20,000 people on Twitter. Poulter may have a long way to go to reach that milestone, but it’s now clear that he’s not afraid to #BlockTheSadLowLifeIndividuals.