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Ian Poulter whines about wife’s flight inconvenience, doesn’t get much sympathy


Ian Poulter has had a very successful career as a professional golfer. In doing so, he has earned a lot of money. The 38-year-old Englishman has an estimated net worth of $30 million. Earning $1.71 million, $1.72  in 2012 and 2013 PGA Tour seasons — not accounting endorsement monies and other winnings in non-Tour events — certainly inflated his bank accounts. The $1.5 million he has pocketed already this season doesn’t hurt, either.

Poulter is something of a cad and can be outrageously outlandish, with his wardrobe, style of play and his overall personality. He also enjoys the finer things in life and obviously has the wealth to make those finer things excessively finer than most folks could ever imagine.

Given that Poulter lives a pampered life, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising he had something of a hissy fit on a recent flight when his nanny was bumped out of business class, leaving his wife Katie all alone to deal with the couple’s four children.

Poulter already was in the States for the PGA Championship at Valhalla, and his family presumably was flying across the pond to join him. Katie apparently was left to fend for herself — without the nanny’s assistance, mind you — in business class with the kids.

In an ill-advised move and some time to kill before his afternoon tee time, Poulter took to Twitter to vent over the perceived inconvenience suffered by his better half.

Not a good look. Perhaps recognizing his whining cast his wife in a bad light — not to mention receiving a fair share of flack for his comments, Poulter returned to Twitter to defend her honor as a mother.

Then Poulter got defensive.

Yikes. Is the steak vs. tomato comparison an English thing or something. What a weird analogy or whatever.

Not sensing that it may be time to log off, Poulter kept on coming, arguing that, like Donna Summer, he works hard for his money. And that money should entail certain benefits, like his wife availing herself of the services of the family’s nanny on a trans-Atlantic flight.

Shockingly, the Twittersphere was not amused. A sampling:

Yeah. But Poulter was unfettered by the social media lambasting, going so far as to call those who criticized his original tweet as hypocrites.

Sometimes, it’s best to simply concede that despite one’s best efforts, people aren’t going to understand your point. This is one of those times.

[H/T Devil Ball Golf]