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March 25 2011

2:42 PM

Poulter peeved over metal spikes

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Calling it spike-gate might be a stretch, but Ian Poulter wasn’t exactly happy about the spike marks on the greens Thursday afternoon at Bay Hill.

Said Poulter via Twitter, “The greens got crusty out there this afternoon baked in the heat & wind & plenty of spike marks. why do people still use spikes.

“There is only probably 10-15 guys that wear spikes still, you could probably guess most of them its not hard to work out.

“I mean spikes yes the metal ones, spikes there is no spike on a soft spike. sorry but really.”

Of course Poulter played in the afternoon on Thursday so he was among those dealing with more difficult conditions and the wind was also more of a factor. Poulter shot 71, which included a couple of missed putts from inside 10 feet.

Naturally, that prompted Poulter’s good friend Rory McIlroy, who’s not in the field this week, to respond. McIlroy tweeted: “I wear spikes… Problem!?!? If you got your swing speed over 100mph, you might need spikes too.”

Poulter isn’t having any such problem today apparently. He’s birdied each of his last three holes (Nos. 14-16; he started on the back nine), is 2 under on the round and is currently in a tie for second. -- Brian Wacker

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