Behold the power of Twitter.
A few days after Greg Norman offered to help Ian Poulter with his putting, the two apparently spoke on the phone Tuesday night.
The Shark had seen something amiss during the Turkish Airlines Open, where Poulter missed a 6-foot putt that left him one shot out of a playoff. “Easy fix,” Norman wrote on Twitter.
Poulter said Wednesday that he was hesitant to reveal the advice publicly before this week’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. After his news conference, he headed to the putting green to work on a few of the tips.
“I know Greg really well and it was really nice of him to reach out,” Poulter told reporters, via the Guardian. “He noticed a couple of things, but I’d like to review the coverage just to see if his observations were my observations as well. I’ve worked hard on my putting the last couple of weeks and I feel like I’ve made good inroads. …
“So I’m walking a fine line of do I mess and try something (different)? It would be unfair to say what we discussed on the telephone and then, all of a sudden, see what happens this week. I will let you know Sunday night. How about that?”
Though Rory McIlroy is assured of claiming the top prize in the season-long Race to Dubai, the runner-up bonus (worth $800,000) is still very much up for grabs.
To finish in the No. 2 spot, Poulter will need to win this week in Dubai and have current No. 2 Henrik Stenson finish outside the top 4. Poulter is currently 13th in the standings.