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Ian Poulter didn't hold back when explaining the state of the Chambers Bay greens

“They were simply the worst most disgraceful surface I have ever seen”

Poulter's pic shows just how bad the greens were.
Poulter's pic shows just how bad the greens were.

LIKE HIM, LOVE him or hate him, Ian Poulter has never been one to bite his tongue.

The English golfer finished just outside the top 50 at the US Open this weekend on 11 over par, after a disappointing seven over final round of 77.

Clearly frustrated after a difficult week at the cotroversial course, Poulter became the latest player to speak out about the now infamous greens, putting a picture and a lengthy post explaining his annoyance on Instagram.

While the picture does seem to be filtered, it does give the best indication yet as to just how bobbly and rough they were, looking more like the surface you find at the local pitch and putt course, rather than a major tournament.

Poulter said that had it been a regular tournament, many players wouldn’t have bothered to tee up their balls on Thursday morning, and that too many were afraid to speak their mind.

He also went on to say that he enjoyed the challenges the rest of the course provided, saying that “it played well and was playable”.

Expect him to be off USGA’s Christmas card list.

I look forward to congratulating the 2015 US Open Champion very soon, I simply didn't play well enough to be remotely close. This is not sour grapes or moaning or any of that crap. It simply the truth. Mike Davis the head of the @USGA unfortunately hasn't spoke the truth about the conditions of the greens. I feel very sorry for the hundreds of greens staff who spent countless hours leading into this week and this week doing there best to have it the best they could and I thank them for that. But look at the picture. This was the surface we had to putt on. It is disgraceful that the @USGA hasn't apologized about the greens they simply have said. "we are thrilled the course condition this week". It wasn't a bad golf course, In fact it played well and was playable. What wasn't playable were the green surfaces. If this was a regular PGA tour event lots of players would have withdrawn and gone home on Wednesday, but players won't do that for a major. They were simply the worst most disgraceful surface I have ever seen on any tour in all the years I have played. The US Open deserves better than that. And the extra money that they have earn't this year from @FoxSports, they could easily have relayed the greens so we could have had perfect surfaces. Simply not good enough and deeply disappointing for a tournament of this magnitude. I don't like it when people lie on camera to try and save face. And to all you fans that paid good money to try and watch us play golf but couldn't see anything on most holes because it wasn't possible to stand on huge slopes or see around stands, I apologize and I'm sorry you wasted your money traveling to be disappointed. I hope we all learn something moving forward to not have these problems in the future. Happy Fathers Day.

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