LIV Golf rebel Ian Poulter hits out at DP World Tour for withholding footage

LIV Golf defector Ian Poulter has accused the DP World Tour of withholding footage of his play at the D+D Real Czech Masters.

The Englishman made a somewhat controversial return to the tour in Prague this past weekend, but took to social media afterwards to accuse officials of giving him short shrift.

Poulter is currently awaiting the final outcome of a legal battle to suspend him from the DP World Tour because of his decision to play in the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

After finishing tied for 23rd at the Czech Masters on Sunday, Poulter hoped to share some of the highlights of his performance on social media as he usually does, but it appears this time the DP World Tour was not as forthcoming.

"Really sorry that I am unable to share any good TV clips of us from the @czechmastersofficial or any @dpworldtour tournament moving forward as @dpworldtour have denied us any footage that was freely available and they'd be happy to share on request in the past," Poulter said in a statement.

"I thought I was still a member of the @dpworldtour but I guess they have other ideas. Well actually I am but I'm being treated very differently to a member. Sorry fans I hope we all have a resolve (sic) on this as soon as possible."

The news comes just days after Poulter's countryman and fellow DP World Tour colleague Barry Lane took aim at him on social media.

The 62-year-old is so annoyed by Poulter that he asked how it was possible to block someone on Twitter when other followers retweet their tweets. 

"How can you block someone when other followers retweet his tweets," Lane asked. "Don't want to see anything from Poulter. He trying to Kill all Tours in Europe."

Players who have chosen to join the Saudi-backed breakaway series continue to face the fallout of their decision, with many players and officials taking a dim view of their actions.

Poulter has played in all three LIV Golf Invitational Series tournaments so far.

He took the DP World Tour to court to secure his reinstatement to last month's Genesis Scottish Open after he was initially suspended from the tournament, but while the suspension was overturned, he continues to await the final outcome of the ongoing legal battle.

Poulter insists he has no intention of relinquishing his DP World Tour membership.

"I feel comfortable in the position that I have always committed to the European Tour. This has always been my home tour for 24 years. Why should that change?" he told The Guardian in July.

"When you have been with a tour for 24 years and never given your card up, played 389 events and been as committed to this tour as anyone - quite a few have given their card up through the years. You don't want to feel like you have been completely pushed out."

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