Masters 2018: Ian Poulter fumes at twice being put on the clock for slow play

IAN POULTER was steaming in the Augusta heat, as he had to keep looking over his shoulder when his group were put on the clock – twice.

Poulter was partnered with the inexperienced Patrick Cantlay and out-of-sorts 2008 champion Trevor Immelman, and he clearly felt he was not to blame for their slow play.

 Ian Poulter was fuming at twice being put on the clock

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Ian Poulter was fuming at twice being put on the clock

He said: “We were put on the clock not once, but twice. What did I think about it? I think as a group we were slow, but I’m not going to say the reasons why we were slow.

“I’m going to say ‘we’. Let me just generalise and say ‘we’. Just to keep that clean.

“I mentioned to the lads we need to get off the clock coming to 12, but we fell back onto it. And quite rightly, that’s all I’ll say.”

Poulter’s rounds of 74 and 75 left him on five over par, and meant he could not be sure of making the cut. And he admitted last week’s Houston open triumph had left him short of gas.

 The Englishman sits at five over par after two rounds

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The Englishman sits at five over par after two rounds
 Ian Poulter admitted his heroics of last week have left him lacking energy

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Ian Poulter admitted his heroics of last week have left him lacking energy

He added: “I was always going to be fatigued coming into this week. I’m under-prepared, I got here Tuesday afternoon – I needed to have a day off Monday – so , I’m under-practiced.

“I got 18 quick holes in. But it’s a long week – I just hope it’s a bit longer.

Fred Couples once again proved the value of Augusta know-how as he produced another Master-ful display at the course he loves most.

Couples, 58, shares the record for most consecutive cuts made in the Masters with 23, and he is through to the weekend yet again – with plenty to spare.

His rounds of 72-74 took him to two over par, and the 1992 champion has now made the cut in 30 of his 33 starts at Augusta.

Ian Poulter celebrates after winning Houston Open to clinch a place at the Masters

IAN POULTER was steaming in the Augusta heat, as he had to keep looking over his shoulder when his group were put on the clock – twice.

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