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The civil war in men’s professional golf shows no signs of slowing down, with Ian Poulter taking Eddie Pepperell to task today over his LIV Golf criticism.

The latest sorry social media episode started after Poulter praised a piece by veteran golf writer Alistair Tait which, amongst things, drew attention to the lack of star power in this week’s Andalucia Masters field on the DP World Tour.

Only two of the world’s top-50 pegged it up at Valderrama this week, prompting Tait to (quite reasonably) speculate whether sponsors may soon follow players in jumping ship from the DP World Tour to LIV.

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After Poulter replied to say the piece was “bang on”, Pepperell – a long-standing and vocal LIV critic – chimed in:

That prompted Poulter – who is currently in Jeddah competing in the seventh and final regular event of the inaugural LIV season – to hit back in savage fashion:

Pepperell replied:

To which Poulter replied:

Pepperell’s original question to Poulter also earned him a reply from another LIV ‘defector’, Lee Westwood. Poulter’s “Majesticks” teammate asked Pepperell why he wasn’t at Valderrama this week either.

This is the exchange that followed:

With a round to play in Jeddah, Poulter is tied for 21st with Westwood T-15.

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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