Ian Poulter has insisted captain Colin Montgomerie isn’t quite the heavy-handed dictator the press will have you believe.
Many papers and websites, including one not a million miles from here, reported Monty placing a ban on all sorts, including Twitter, used by almost all players competing at Celtic Manor this week.
But writing on said social networking site, the 34-year-old said: “For the record, Colin hasn’t banned Twitter, he has asked to be respectful to the team’s privacy.”
Monty was worried that a tweeting mistake akin to that of England cricketer Kevin Pietersen, who unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade on the website after being dropped, would damage team spirit.
Meanwhile, Poulter has said he “feels like a cash machine” after being taken to the cleaners during practice.
“Played with Fisher today against Harrington and Donald. They cleaned us out. I need to visit the ATM machine [sic],” he tweeted, after losing £400 to the wildcard pair.
Then yesterday, after taking on the Molinaris with Miguel Angel Jimenez, he added: “The Italian brothers took our cash. I feel like a cash machine this week.”