A British golfer has blamed the sound of a camera’s shutter for destroying his chances of winning the French Open.

Angry golfer Ian Poulter said the three clicks of a camera 25 yards away caused him to hit his ball into the water on the 15th hole.

Poulter, who yesterday finished in third place, told reporters afterwards: ‘It’s frustrating when you get a novice cameraman out here this week.

‘It spoils the day, spoils the tournament. It’s one I want to win and some stupid cameraman makes it difficult for you.’

Poulter vowed to pull out of next year’s event over the incident.

The identity of the photographer has not been revealed.