Poulter adamant Bay Hill shank was actually a mud ball

The 19th Hole

Ian Poulter took to Twitter to defend himself against claims he hit a horrible shank at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Shanks happen to all of us, even the pros, but no one wants to be accused of one when there were other factors at play.

Take Poulter for example, who wasn’t having any of it when he was the subject of some social media shaming for a miss to the right during the first round at Bay Hill last week.

Posting a shot of a Golf Digest headline that read ‘Ian Poulter his (another) shank, lets out loudest FORE right in FORE right history’, the Englishman pointed out that it was actually a muddy ball that caused the wayward shot.

“I can own up to every shank happily. I’ve hit loads of them,” he wrote. “Yesterday on the 8th hole that wasn’t a shank. Half the left side of my ball was covered in mud. And it’s the most I’ve ever seen a ball move offline. Mud balls are disastrous to golfers. Just wanted to clarify.”

So there you have it. Next time you want to accuse Poults of a shank, you better make sure you have your facts straight.

Of course, Twitter being Twitter, people couldn’t resist having a bit of fun at his ‘mud ball’ defence.

“Mud ball… I’m using that tomorrow, cheers Poults,” wrote one user.

“There was no shank-ollusion,” wrote another, along with a gif of President Donald Trump.

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