Poulter rips into TV critic

Ian Poulter has followed his first-round exit at the Accenture Match Play Championship with a rant at television commentator Bruce Critchley.

Poulter won the event two years ago and last May captured golf's other World Match Play title in Spain, but he was well beaten 4&3 by Korean Sae Bang-moon and so failed to make it into the last 32 for the second year running.

Critchley, a former Walker Cup player, offered the opinion on Sky Sports that Poulter, who has his own clothing company, was maybe not focusing on his golf as much as he could.

"I would love some of our commentators to do a day in my shoes with family, gym and practice sessions," Poulter told his million-plus followers on Twitter.

"They haven't got a F&@ "% clue how hard we work. They sit on there ass talking crap. That's really difficult.

"Well Bruce Chritchley talks complete ****** most of the time anyway. Sorry sky sports viewers for having to listen to his crap every week."

Not that Poulter spared himself criticism for how he played.

"That was simply rubbish, five bogeys, I beat myself. I wouldn't have given many a good game today. It's a shame. I love Match play. If I'm ever happy in defeat that day will be the last day I ever hit a golf ball.

"I will retire. I hate losing and hopefully always hate it.

"I am a bad loser. I've never known a good one."