Ian Poulter tied for the lead with Beau Hossler
Poulter finished his Day 1 with 1-over-par 73 for a T-126th position on the board, he needed four shots or better to make it to the weekend and boom shoots 64 in Round 2 to get to T-23rd with Phil Mickelson at 7-under-127, on Day 3 Poulter entered four-shot away from the leader Beau Hossler and by the end of the round and 65 on board he joined Hossler for the lead at 14-under-202.
Not long ago, Poulter was informed that he has made it to the Masters Tournament, after winning his round of 16 match over Louis Oosthuizen. Not long after, but prior to his quarterfinal match, he was told that there have been slight miscalculations and he still needs one more win to make it to the Masters. Pretty demoralizing message to receive just before heading out to your next match.
The Englishman struggled against Kevin Kisner, losing 8 and 6 and missing out a prime chance to earn a spot at Augusta.
“I had to pack my suitcase because potentially I was flying home on Friday, and you never like to do that. So I was frustrated with not really my play on Thursday but just the result. It wasn’t good,” Poulter said. “So, a bit of patience, open my shoulders a little bit of my putting stroke, started to visually see the right line, and just started to roll a few putts in. Continued that obviously into today, it feels good, hopefully, I can go out tomorrow and do exactly the same. Who knows.”
Poulter has remained bogey-free in his last 41 holes and if he pulls off a win at Houston Open, he will earn a last minute chance to compete at the Masters, an event where he has been playing, continuously for last 10 years, before missing last year.
“It’s just nice to stand over putts and actually feel and see the line you really want to start the ball on,” he said. “That hasn’t really been happening for awhile, so, to start holing a few putts is great.” But now, Ian Poulter tied for the lead with Beau Hossler.
Beau Hossler, the co-leader added a three-under 69 to his round after a 68 on Friday, keeping his lead intact, but shared. Hossler shot four birdies and only a bogey on par-4 11th.
Following them with two-shot are Emiliano Grillo, Greg Chalmers, Kevin Tway, and Paul Dunne at 12-under-204.
The opening round leader Sam Ryder dropped to T-2nd on Friday with a round of four-under 68, Saturday saw him dropping five more spots with 1-under-71 which took his total to 11-under-205 for a T-7th position on the board.
Ryder shot three birdies and two bogeys in his round to join the likes of Henrik Stenson, Keith Mitchell, Robert Garrigus, Chesson Hadley, and Matt Kuchar.
Rickie Fowler’s triple-bogey
Rickie Fowler shared the lead for a while on Friday before finishing for a T-2nd finish after visiting the water on 18th. But Saturday saw him going 15 spots down with a round of 1-over-73. Fowler is now T-17th at 9-under-207 with Nate Lashley, John Huh, Bud Cauley, Shane Lowry, and Nicholas Lindheim, who shared the second spot with Fowler on Friday.
Fowler’s biggest shock came on par-5 13th which saw him four-putting from just 13 feet.
4 putts from 13 feet for Rickie Fowler.
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