Monday 23 April 2018

Sizzling round sees Poulter rise from the Phoenix ashes

A second-round charge from Ian Poulter put the Englishman firmly in contention at the Waste Management Phoenix Open in Arizona yesterday.

Poulter bounced back from a disappointing 72 on Thursday by shooting an eight-under-par 63.

That put him on seven-under overall, two shots behind first-round leader Camilo Villegas, who fired a tournament record-equalling 62 on Thursday.

The Colombian was among the later starters yesterday, as was Matt Every, who was eight-under-par after round one.

American Pat Perez was the best placed of those out on the course. He was three-under through 17 to sit nine-under-par overall.

Two more Americans, Scott Piercy and Bryce Molder, shot 67s to move to within two of Villegas. John Rollins was also on seven-under after 17 holes.

World No 3 Phil Mickelson shot a second-round 68 to move to six-under, while Justin Rose was level par through three to sit six-under overall.

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