Some so-called “journalist” named Jason Lusk, who supposedly works for USA Today/Golfweek, attempted to troll Lee Westwood but instead got dragged across twitter by Westwood and his pal Ian Poulter, as well as followers of the two golf stars.
Here’s how it went down: Westwood sarcastically commented on the PGA Tour going to limited fields and no cuts, saying, “I’ve spent the last year reading how good full fields and cuts are.”
I’ve spent the last year reading how good full fields and cuts are! 👀
— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) March 1, 2023
Westwood didn’t tag or mention golfweek or especially this no-name “journalist.”
Yet, the classless goober decided to mock Westwood, a former world No.1, for never winning a major.
And I’ve spent the past 25 years reading about how you were good enough to win a major. https://t.co/JW16e0Y9OI
— Jason Lusk (@GolfweekJLu) March 2, 2023
And that was that… All hell broke loose.
First Wetwood mocked the extremely biased golfweek, home of smear merchant Eamon Lynch.
Enjoy your blue tick 🤣 @golfweek figures!
— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) March 2, 2023
Then Poulter chimed in, comparing Westwood’s career to that of the golf writer:
It’s alright @WestwoodLee I’d rather play average golf and get to World No.1 Win 30+ times around the world. Be the oldest player to win ET order of Merit. As apposed to writing bollox for @golfweek and posting to 899 people. I’d swap mate 😉 excuse any spelling mistakes. 🙌🏼 https://t.co/8Uzg6beJuV
— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) March 2, 2023
And others piled on, many focusing on the out of form comment from the supposed “journalist.”
Golf Weak. 🤣
— Golf_Realist (@Golf_Realist) March 3, 2023
Nothing until you feel qualified to take a pop at former world number 1 😂
— Peter Trego (@tregs140) March 2, 2023
@golfweek Your hiring qualities are shining through
— Craig Shaw (@craigpshaw) March 3, 2023
— BoomSon (@hickerbillybob) March 2, 2023
Are you a journalist? What a crappy thing to say.
— Craig Whitlock (@CraigWhitlock1) March 3, 2023
It's @golfweek. Let's not throw "journalist" around haphazardly.
— Metz (@BrightSideMetz) March 3, 2023
Poor form Jason.
A golf writer who should be promoting the game, resorting to bringing down a golfer who has a dedicated and globally successful career, with your personal commentary.
If you represent @golfweek then it doesn't say much about them as a media business.
— NTP Golf (@NTPGolf66) March 3, 2023
@WestwoodLee this is the type of bloke who tells his pals how to swing the club because once in his lifetime he broke 85 and now thinks he’s Butch Harmon. 😴😴😴😴
— Paul Nessling (@NesslingGolf) March 3, 2023
Golf media in 2022 and 2023 everyone. 🤣🤣🤣They've all lost the plot
— Joe Christianson (@ChasesDad2018) March 2, 2023
Journalistic integrity…. 🙄
— THE.B.C. (@THEbrodiecarle) March 3, 2023
Jason come on dude…. Lee hasn’t bashed anyone, just said he wants more…. Played world class golf for 25+ years….. don’t belittle that
— Nick Biondi (@biondigolf) March 3, 2023
Eh!?!?!? You do realise Lee spent 22 weeks as World No.1, played in double figures of Ryder Cups, won European Tour order of merit & golfer of the year several times and that's your comeback as a golf journo? #perspective
— Jeremy Leese (@caribbeanpotter) March 2, 2023
My god Jason Lusk you have seriously miss read the room.@WestwoodLee is one of the greatest European golfers ever, entertaining to watch and I still think he has plenty of good golf left in him yet.
Oh and Liv will get world ranking points and have them back dated #HereFirst
— Lee Stewart Lewis (@LeeStewartLewis) March 2, 2023
An elite golfer makes a very valid, factual point about general golf media, and a travel editor decides that warrants a personal attack on said golfer.
You feeling proud of yourself Jason? Is this your version of morale high ground 🤔
— Stephen Roche (@StephenRoche100) March 3, 2023
This is just about the most classless thing I’ve ever read from a sports journalist, and that is saying something. If I had ever heard of you, I think I’d really be upset.
— Johnny Reno (@JohnnyReno21) March 2, 2023
This tweet really isn't a good look for a journalist. I think you end up looking like the lesser man. I'll bet somewhere in those 25 years you've written some kind words about Mr. Poulter. Might you revisit them versus this kind of provocation?
— Glaswegian (@Glaswegian17) March 2, 2023
@golfweek if this is the quality of your journalism I will give you a miss.
— Michael Stanley (@Plasmadreamer) March 2, 2023
It is sad how snarky & nasty some can be via Twitter or elsewhere online — saying things their sense of decency wouldn’t permit them to say face-to-face. I’m no fan of LIV, but your tweet about Westwood isn’t fitting of any reputable, respected journalist, don’t you think, Jason?
— DougBert (@BERTinCLT) March 2, 2023
Regardless of what you think of LIV, don't be that guy who disrespects the amazing achievements of a wonderful golfer.
6 top 3s across all majors
44 pro wins.
Who the hell is Jason Lusk?
— Bros and Birdies (@BirdiesBro) March 2, 2023