Ian Poulter lights up the greens at Muirfield with Twitter putter

Andy Lyons

Ian Poulter lambasted the R&A for their tricked-up greens earlier in the week, but Sunday the European Ryder Cup hero went on a tear with his newly acquired flat stick.

Ian Poulter went on a tear in Sunday’s final round of the British Opener, canning an eagle and a slew of birdies, thanks in large part to a new putter he acquired after trolling Twitter for a flat stick.

Poulter, the putting savant hero of the 2012 European Ryder Cup team, began the fourth round at Muirfield eight shots back of 54-hole leader Lee Westwood and got off to a ho-hum even-par start (a bogey and a birdie) through eight. An eagle-3 on the ninth kick-started an amazing run of four consecutive threes that included back-to-back-to-back birdies on Nos. 10 through 12.

Following a T25 finish at the French Open earlier this month, Poulter solicited his 1.5 million Twitter followers for a blade to replace his Odyssey XG No. 7, with which he beat the bejesus out of the Americans at Medina last fall.

Poulter rooted around among a variety of entrants and finally made his decision on Tuesday.

After a dropped shot at the par-3 16th, Poulter was four back of Westwood and seemed to have overcome his loathing of the greens at Muirfield, which he compared on Thursday to a mini-golf track.

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