Disappointed Poulter finds form too late

Disappointed Poulter finds form too late

Ian Poulter today found top form a day or two late in the final round of the Open Championship at St Andrews.

Poulter was in the unwanted position of being in the second group out on the Old Course this morning, a third round of 76 leaving him four over par and 19 shots off the lead held by South African Louis Oosthuizen.

Following that round, a spectator made a comment to Poulter which he refused to repeat, but said was “personal and inappropriate”, and the world number eight then had an exchange of words with a steward.

And perhaps still fired up by the incident, Poulter raced to the turn this morning in 32 with birdies at the third, fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth and a solitary bogey on the fourth.

That lifted the flamboyant 34-year-old to level par and alongside Ireland’s Darren Clarke, who had birdied the first and parred the next three holes.

Clarke had been in with an outside chance of victory yesterday but, playing alongside Tiger Woods, slumped to a 77 which included a triple-bogey seven on the 17th after driving out of bounds.

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