Ian Poulter Heckler from Valspar Fired from Job at Florida Southern

March 17, 2016

The heckler who hoped to ruin one of Ian Poulter’s shots at the Valspar Championship last week and then continued to harass the golfer on Twitter has been fired by his employer, according to a report in The Ledger, a local Florida newspaper.  

J.J. Downum was an assistant athletic director for development at Florida Southern College, but the school’s director of athletics told The Ledger “(Downum’s) no longer employed at the institution.”

His termination was apparently the result of a very visible spat that began when he boasted to Barstool Sports about heckling Poulter on the course. He yelled, “You will hit it in the water!” and “You will not make the Ryder Cup team!” as Poulter walked from 12 to 13. Poulter, who tried to get tournament officials to remove Downum from the gallery, responded after his round on Twitter.

Downum’s Twitter account has since been deleted. The school’s athletic communications department has not immediately responded to inquiries from GOLF.com.