Ian Poulter rips Hideki Matsuyama for damaging green with putter

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Ian Poulter rips Hideki Matsuyama for damaging green with putter

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DORAL, Fla. -- Ian Poulter took to Twitter on Friday night to blast another player competing in the WGC-Cadillac Championship -- one he will be paired with Saturday.

Poulter criticized Japanese star Hideki Matsuyama, calling him an "idiot" for apparently damaging a green by thrusting his putter into the putting surface at the 13th hole.

"Playing with Matsuyama tomo. He buried his putter in the 13th green 5ft from the hole. Referee had to repair the crater. Because he didn't," Poulter wrote via his Twitter account.

Matsuyama, 22, has been a pro for less than a year but has three victories on the Japan Tour, earned his PGA Tour card last year and is ranked 22nd in the world. He was playing in the group in front of Poulter on Friday on the Blue Monster course at Trump National Doral.

Poulter had plenty more to say on Twitter.

"Why should Matsuyama leave a crater in the green for others to putt over, or have to call to repair the damage. Idiot," he wrote.

When asked by a Twitter follower whether he would "speak to him like a man or just blast him on Twitter like all the other keyboard warriors," Poulter replied, "I can't wait to."

The Englishman also Tweeted: "I'm no saint and first to say. But that was disgusting. I wouldn't bury a putter in a green 5 ft from a hole and have players behind deal with it."

Both players finished at 5 over par Friday in treacherous conditions at Doral. They trail the leaders by six strokes and tee off in the same group at 11:15 a.m. ET.