LIV GOLF rebel Ian Poulter was involved in a heated exchange with American star Billy Horschel on the putting green ahead of the BMW PGA Championship.
The pair could be seen in a row at Wentworth on Wednesday prior to the opening round of the tournament, which started on Thursday morning.
Members of LIV Golf have been suspended by the PGA Tour and most DP World Tour events, but they can play at Wentworth if they are ranked inside the world’s top 60.
A total of 17 LIV Golf players will be taking part in the tournament this week – much to Horschel’s anger.
Poulter and Horschel’s tense exchange came just 24 hours after the latter hit out at the Ryder Cup legend along with his British compatriot Lee Westwood.
The defending BMW PGA champion said: “As much as I got along with Lee and Ian very well, they’ve supported the Tour for quite some time over their careers.
“I honestly feel it’s a slap in the face to the rest of the members of this Tour.
“That they’re coming to play, I believe the biggest purse on the DP World Tour with a full field. They are going to be taking money out of guys’ pockets this week.”
Fast forward a day, and Horschel was involved in a heated discussion with Poulter in a video shared by National Club Golfer’s George Cooper.
It remains unclear just what Poulter and Horschel were speaking about, though eyewitness Cooper has stated it didn’t look like a friendly chat.
He remarked: “While they were too far away to make out what was being said – and my lip reading skills just aren’t what they used to be – it certainly didn’t look like a friendly catch-up.
“I asked Poulter for a comment afterwards, but he (politely) declined.”
Golf fans had their own say on what what being said between the pair, as one Twitter user posted: “Horschel: Football is football. Poulter: No! Football is soccer.”
Another quipped: “Evidently they can’t agree on the restaurant for tonight…”
A third added: “These guys are evidently very passionate about putting techniques.”
This person then joked: “Clearly talking about Fantasy football trades.”
Rory McIlroy admitted recently to having a rift with his European Ryder Cup team-mates, where he said: “I wouldn’t say I’ve got much of a relationship with them at the minute.
“They are here. They are playing the golf tournament. My opinion is they shouldn’t be here, but again that’s just my opinion.”