Updated: 03/09/2014 02:40 | By Agence France-Presse

Matsuyama apologizes after Poulter Twitter 'idiot' rant

Japan's Hideki Matsuyama apologized to Ian Poulter before they played together in Saturday's third round of a World Golf Championships event after the Englishman called Matsuyama an "idiot" in a Twitter tirade.

Matsuyama apologizes after Poulter Twitter 'idiot' rant

Ian Poulter of England (R) and Hideki Matsuyama of Japan walk off the second tee during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 8, 2014 in Florida - by Chris Trotman

Matsuyama approached Poulter on the driving range with a translator to smooth over tensions before they took to the formidable Doral Blue Monster layout at the $9 million WGC Cadillac Championship.

Poulter was upset that Matsuyama, a 22-year-old who is ranked 22nd in the world, did not repair the damage he did to the green with his putter at the 13th hole on Friday.

Poulter was in the group behind Matsuyama when the incident took place in Friday's second round.

"He buried his putter in the 13th green 5 ft from the hole, Referee had to repair the crater. Because he didn't," Poulter tweeted.

"Why should Matsuyama leave a crater in the green for others to putt over, or have to call a referee to repair the damage. Idiot.

"Im no saint and first to say. But that was disgusting. I wouldn't bury a putter in a green 5 ft from a hole and have players behind deal with it."

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