Tiger Woods Once Called Ian Poulter a Di** When They Were Travelling Together in a Flight

Published 10/19/2021, 3:24 PM EDT
INZAI, JAPAN – OCTOBER 28: Tiger Woods of the United States hits his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the Zozo Championship at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club on October 28, 2019 in Inzai, Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)


In over two decades of an eventful career on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods has met a lot of people. However, while he has developed close friendships with most of them, few sour relationships have also been cultivated. Notably, his beef with Sergio Garcia is well known, as is his unstable relationship with Phil Mickelson.

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Tiger Woods of USA plays out of rough by the 3rd fairway in his morning four ball match with Patrick Reed versus Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari of Europe during day two of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National near Versailles on September 29th 2018 in France (Photo by Tom Jenkins)

However, did you know that Woods can’t stand Ian Poulter? Yes! Woods’ old PGA tour coach revealed that he is ‘not a fan’ of the Englishman. Let’s see what he said about the two.

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Hank Haney is a professional golf instructor and was Tiger Woods’ coach for around six years. However, the two parted ways in 2010 after Haney resigned. Commenting on Woods’ relationships with fellow players, he said, “Those he genuinely liked tended to be quiet, modest, hardworking guys like Jim Furyk and Steve Stricker, whose ability he respected but whose talent didn’t elevate them to the position of serious rival.”

AUGUSTA, GA – APRIL 07: (L-R) Tiger Woods of the United States and Ian Poulter of England shake hands on the 18th green during the third round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 7, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

However, he added, “He kept the super talented at a distance. He didn’t want players who could be a threat to feel comfortable around him and was averse to certain players, especially if he felt their records didn’t warrant all the talk. He wasn’t a fan of Ian Poulter, for example.”

Haney also spoke of a time when Poulter caught a ride on Woods’ private plane to Orlando in 2007. He said, “Tiger stretched out on his regular spot, in the two seats in the front of the plane, and immediately put on his headphones. That left me to talk to Ian, which I didn’t mind because I got along with him.”

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Woods sends a rude message about Poulter

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Haney narrated an incident that took place during the ride. He said, “As we were conversing, Tiger texted me a rude message about Ian. As far as I know, Ian didn’t get any more rides. According to him, he texted, “Can you believe this d*** mooched a ride on my plane?”

Golf – The Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 8, 2021 England’s Ian Poulter watches his tee shot on the 3rd hole during the first round REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Haney, however, defended Woods’ theory and explained how other players viewed it. He said, “Most players understood Tiger had to have a killer mind-set to be as good as he was, and going out of his way for other people wasn’t part of the equation. So even when distant, there was more respect for Tiger than dislike. In his own way, he was being up front. They didn’t know him, but they realised he really couldn’t let them.”

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Well, that sounds like it must’ve strained the relationship between the two. What are your views about the same?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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