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Apr 1st, 2018

Ian Poulter shoots 7 under to share the lead

On moving day at the Houston Open

Ian Poulter shoots 7 under to share the lead

Ian Poulter is making his Masters intentions very clear, as he has shot a seven-under-par 65 to tie for the lead going into the final round of the Houston Open.

Poults was furious when he was wrongly told that he had made it to the Masters at last week's WGC, and he is clearly channelled this anger to now be knocking on the door of the final invitation to this year's Masters.

Poults is 14 under alongside the USA's Beau Hossler after a superb moving day round, when he did not drop a single shot and made seven birdies. 

He had opened the tournament with a one over 73, but on day two something clicked and he shot a beautiful 64. To then follow that up with a 65 shows he is properly back in the groove, and has his gander up. It would be great to see him grabbing the final Masters spot, as an in form Poulter will only add to what is already the most eagerly anticipated Masters in years.

Paul Dunne is tied for third and two shots back from the leaders after posting a three-under 69, along with Emiliano Grillo, Greg Chalmers, and Kevin Tway.

Rickie Fowler opening his third round with three birdies in the first four holes, but then had a double-bogey six at the par-four sixth, a bogey five on the 11th and then an eight on the par-five 13th to leave him in tied 17th on nine under after a one-over 73.

With 20 players within five shots of the lead, this one is far from over. 

How Poults plays this one is going to be fascinating. Does he try and make a charge to make a break from the following pack, or does he play within himself to try and get over the line? We’ll be glued to this tonight. 




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Ian Poulter shoots 7 under to share the lead

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