Ian Poulter was in no mood to discuss accusations he was playing for second place at the Players Championship, barking he was “not interested” in the subject, before clapping a reporter for asking the question.
The Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee questioned Poulter for laying up and for his conservative approach shots on the 16th and 17th holes at TPC Sawgrass, adding the Englishman “did not play to win”.
ESPN’s Jason Sobel brought up the talking point in a press conference a week later, but Poulter jumped in before he could get the full question out.
"Not talking about it. Not interested. Not interested. I have no interest in feeding the fire. Not interested," Poulter said.
"I'm not interested. At all. I play to win, end of story. But good try. Really, good try."
Asked Ian Poulter about criticism of his course strategy: "I'm not interested in talking about it. At all. But good try." Then he clapped.— Jason Sobel (@JasonSobelESPN) May 17, 2017