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Veteran golf superstar Vijay Singh has pulled out of a tournament after being labelled a “piece of trash” and “complete turd” by a fellow pro.

The former Masters champ and three-time major winner faced backlash after entering the first tournament back on the second string Korn Ferry Tour in the US. The circuit is used by players attempting to make the step up to the PGA Tour.

Singh, 57, is eligible to play in any Korn Ferry Tour event he wants — but his decision to enter was blasted by one pro in particular, who delivered a blistering tirade on social media.

Vijay Singh withdrew from the event.Vijay Singh withdrew from the event.

In a series of now deleted tweets, Brady Schnell, 35, who competes on the second-tier tour took aim at Singh.

“Hey @VijaySinghGolf you are a true piece of trash if you accept money playing in a Korn Ferry Tour event and I’ll say it right to your face,” Schnell wrote.

“Do you know how much those points and money could do for a young kid?

“He’s a complete turd for playing. He’s got his money and he’s got his career. Just wait another month and roll with your senior friends.”

Schnell has missed five of six cuts on the Korn Ferry Tour this season.

The PGA Tour confirmed Singh had pulled out of the Korn Ferry Tour Challenge, which is set for June 11-14 at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

Schnell has since apologised for slamming Singh — who was backed in his original decision to play by Phil Mickelson.

The Fijian legend has made $AUD105 million on the PGA Tour — the fourth most of all time.

By comparison, last year’s Korn Ferry No 1 Xinjun Zhang of China pocketed just under $1.29 million over the season.

Five-time major winner Phil Mickelson — who has had a sometimes testy relationship with Singh — was quick to defend the Fijian.

“It’s no secret VJ and I aren’t close, but I’d like to say on his behalf that in addition to being a member of the Hall of Fame, he’s a big part of the PGA Tour’s success which financially subsidizes, and always has, the KFT,” Mickelson tweeted.

“He has earned the right to play when and where he wants.”

with Sam Morgan, The Sun

Originally published as ‘Piece of trash’: Golf pro’s nasty tirade