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Hideki Matsuyama, Ian Poulter
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Hideki Matsuyama reportedly apologized to Ian Poulter on Saturday after damaging the 13th green during their round the day before.

5. Ian Poulter called Hideki Matsuyama an “idiot” on Twitter after Matsuyama slashed the 13th green in anger with his putter and didn’t fix it. What do you think of players calling out each other on social media? Do you think Poulter would have done the same thing to a more established player (e.g., Tiger)?

SHIPNUCK: It’s great fun, for sure, but a punk move. Handling it the old-school way would’ve been better -- that is, behind closed doors. Hideki was an easy target. No way Poults is that strident with a big name.

VAN SICKLE: I don't think Poulter is afraid to call anyone out. And what Matsuyama did was completely wrong. It's one mistake to do that, it's a worse mistake not to fix it. Somebody put a diaper on that baby when he's done with his tantrum. There is no excuse for behavior like that. Poulter was right on the money.

PASSOV: Poulter is such an opinionated, loose cannon, that it's always fun to see what he'll say on any topic. I don't think he would have called out Tiger or Phil, for instance, but Poults is king of social media these days, so you never know. I guess I'm from a different era, when these sorts of matters were handled privately, behind closed doors, but nowadays, everybody and everything seem to be an open book, so perhaps Poulter was within his rights in calling out Matsuyama.

GODICH: If you've got something to say to someone, say it. Don't hide behind social media. What was Poulter's motive -- to embarrass the guy? I'm confident that Matsuyama felt embarrassed enough and immediately knew he had done wrong. I'm also confident that his wallet will be considerably lighter sometime soon.

LYNCH: I imagine that Poulter would have chosen more judiciously from his poorly stocked language cupboard had it been directed at a bigger star than Matsuyama. The real question is whether Tim Finchem will scale his fine according to the star wattage of Poulter's target.

RITTER: I enjoy players calling each other out on any form of media -- Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Foursquare, Three-square, Blink, Blark, Flark, TV interviews, or, if all else fails, face-to-face works well, too. What you think of Poulter, or the point he was trying to make, is almost secondary to the fact that this episode was wildly amusing. It had some real heat. Rivalries are good for the game. Heated rivalries are fantastic. More, please.

SENS: I think it's juvenile but entirely unsurprising. Asking a guy like Poulter not to vent his thoughts on Twitter is like giving a toddler a rattle and telling him not to rattle it. The impulse control just isn't there. To his credit, Poulter said he was also going to have a face-to-face with Matsuyama. To his discredit, I don't think he would have tweeted the same thing about a more established peer. Matsuyama, who is a terrific player but still something of an outsider in the Tour ranks -- in no small part because of a language barrier -- made him an easier mark.

6. Early in the week, the Seminole Member-Pro attracted all four of 2013's major champions. Outside of the PGA Tour and the majors, what’s the best event in golf?

SHIPNUCK: It’s hard for me to care about the Seminole Pro-Member -- it embodies the worst of golf’s clubby, behind-the-hedges cult of us-versus-them. The Dinah Shore is probably the best non-Tour event of the year: it’s a big-time tournament, the finish is always dramatic and it is without a doubt the biggest party on the golf calendar.

LYNCH: Give me the Summer Solstice event at Bandon Dunes, where golfers walk all four terrific courses in one marathon day. I played two years ago. My first tee shot was (barely) airborne at 5:35 am, and the first cocktail went down right after the last putt, at 8:10pm.

SENS: The Walker Cup is good fun. Any high-quality match-play event where the players are competing for something other than lucre gets my vote.

RITTER: That's easy: it's the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach. If you listen closely, you can almost hear 3,000 golfers out there nodding in agreement at once.

PASSOV: Call me a homer, but that honor has to go to the Golf.com World Amateur in Myrtle Beach. It's amazing to see real golfers in an actual competition. I'm also a big fan of the World Club Championship, an event that Golf Magazine co-sponsors that pits the club champions of Top 100 clubs (and a partner) against one another. Awesome camaraderie and competition when you see, say Pine Valley in one semi against Royal Melbourne and Sunningdale in the other semi against Los Angeles Country Club. That said, when golf's top superstars show up for free, as they do at Seminole, it must be a pretty special event.

GODICH: The Stampede at the Club at Old Hawthorne in Columbia, Mo.

VAN SICKLE: The U.S. Amateur is the most important non-Tour event. The PGA club pro championship features some guys who can really play. But I'll give the edge to the Tommy Bahama Desert Marlin in Scottsdale, a pro-am featuring many Tour players and a post-round contest called The Dry Heave, which is a closest to the pin contest while Gary McCord heckles you with a microphone while you hit. Now that's pressure.

The Tour Confidential roundtable continues Monday on our new weekly show hosted by Jessica Marksbury. Tweet her your questions @Jess_Marksbury.

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