Ian Poulter took to Twitter on Saturday evening to lambast the USGA about the pin placements at Shinnecock Hills following a controversial third round of the US Open.
The USGA was forced to apologise for the set-up at the end of a day in which the earlier starters had a significant advantage, recalling memories of 2004, when tournament organisers lost control of the same course on the final day.
2:01 Henrik Stenson grinds it out on an arduous day at Shinnecock Hills as the US Open organisers came in for heavy criticism on day three
Daniel Berger and Tony Finau started the day 11 shots off the pace, but both took advantage of the easier early conditions to fire four-under 66s which proved enough to share the overnight lead on three over and earn a place in Sunday’s final pairing.
Poulter’s 76 left him four shots back on seven over and he was unimpressed with the apology made by USGA executive director Mike Davis, asking “how can this team keep doing this without consequences?” on social media.