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Ian Poulter takes light-hearted view as European stars falter

Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton combined to shoot 29 over par on a difficult day at Sawgrass.

Some of Europe's top players proved they were still able to see the funny side despite suffering a miserable first day of the Players Championship.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup team-mates Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton combined to shoot 29 over par on a difficult day at Sawgrass, with former Open champion Stenson faring worst with an 85.

Poulter got off relatively lightly with a five-over-par 77 and took to social media to poke fun at the performance of "a bunch of muppets".

"We've got a helluva lunch table here, players' lounge," Poulter says in his Twitter video.

"(Tyrrell) just decided to sit down and join Rory and I so collectively, four people sitting at this table, myself, Rory, Henrik – who's just left – and Tyrrell, 29 over.

"Oh, what a bunch of muppets."

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