Slow Poul­ter un­der­cooked and over par

Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - FROM NEIL MCLEMAN

IAN POUL­TER ad­mit­ted he ran out of steam as he made only two pars on a crazy back nine – and saw his group twice put on the clock for slow play.

The Ry­der Cup star, who se­cured the last spot at the Mas­ters af­ter win­ning the Hous­ton Open last Sun­day and who ar­rived in Au­gusta only on Tues­day, fin­ished birdie-bo­gey-birdie-bo­gey-birdiebo­gey in a sec­ond-round 75 to fall to three over par.

“This was al­ways go­ing to be a tricky week com­ing off last week, I was al­ways go­ing to be fa­tigued,” he said. “I’m un­der-pre­pared.”

Poul­ter (above) claimed he was not con­cerned that his group – Trevor Im­mel­man and Pa­trick Cant­lay were play­ing part­ners – were twice warned to quicken up.

“We were slow but I’m not go­ing to say the rea­sons why we were slow,” he said. ”I’m go­ing to say ‘we’. Let me just gen­er­alise and say ‘we’. I’m quite happy to be on the clock ev­ery hole of my life, it doesn’t af­fect me.

“We have to be on the clock. We were too slow. When you’re too slow, you need to speed up, end of con­ver­sa­tion.”

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