Poulter can't putt Masters worries to be

Ian Poulter, relieved still to be competing at the Honda Classic in Florida, was fuming today when one hole dealt a massive blow to his hopes of qualifying for next month’s Masters.

Ian Poulter, relieved still to be competing at the Honda Classic in Florida, was fuming today when one hole dealt a massive blow to his hopes of qualifying for next month’s Masters.

Poulter, with only two more weeks left to climb into the world’s top 50 from his current position of 65th, had survived the halfway cut at Mirasol right on the limit of three over par thanks to a birdie at his penultimate hole.

He then put his struggles behind him by going to the turn in 32 and picking up further shots at the 12th and 13th to be six under for the round and up from 64th to 19th.

However, the 470-yard 14th saw the Milton Keynes man four-putt from a mere 22 feet for a triple-bogey seven.

Just short of the green in two Poulter chipped on but hit his par attempt four feet past, did the same with his bogey effort and missed the hole again coming back.

The Ryder Cup star was back down to level par, 10 adrift of American David Toms, who led by one overnight from fellow American Billy Mayfair.

Brian Davis, also through to the final 36 holes by the skin of his teeth, had a triple-bogey eight at the long 12th as he fell back to six over.

Defending champion Padraig Harrington and Swedes Daniel Chopra and Mathias Gronberg – a late replacement in the event for Nick Faldo, who withdrew because of an illness in his family – were joint third on six under when they resumed.

Lee Westwood and Luke Donald were not out of it either. They shared seventh place on five under.

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