Was Poulter scratching or flipping


If this fall’s Ryder Cup were going to be played in the United States, do you think Ian Poulter would have chosen to scratch his nose with a different finger as he left the 16th hole Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open?

Poulter was caught by Golf Channel cameras scratching his nose with a certain finger fully extended on the 16th green, a finger that can be used to communicate a certain obscene message.

If he hadn’t just been booed by the rowdy fans at the 16th, who also taunted him with chants of “USA,” it might have gone unnoticed. He missed a 7-foot birdie putt.

Poulter told Golf Channel insider Tim Rosaforte that he was merely scratching his nose and has the right to use any finger he chooses. Poulter tweeted that he was getting something off his face, and he’ll play TPC Scottsdale next year. It promises to be a highly anticipated return.