Poulter in Honda mix after windy, rainy 64


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – So the blustery, windy conditions at the Honda Classic play into the hands of British Ian Poulter, right?

“I’d rather it be sunny,” Poulter cracked. “I’m a fair-weather golfer now. I’ve been living in America now for six-and-a-half years. I like the sun. I would have stayed at home if I wanted to play in this kind of weather.”

Closing out a 6-under-par 64 in wind and rain, Poulter capably navigated tough conditions at PGA National, assuring media he actually does remember growing up with the game in England’s challenging weather.

“It’s in there, it’s ingrained,” said Poulter, who makes his home in Lake Nona in Orlando.

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With that 64, Poulter posted his lowest round in a PGA Tour event since the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic last June. Halfway through the Honda Classic, he is tied for third, two shots off the lead. He’s looking to win for the first time since taking the WGC-HSBC Champions in November of 2012.

After battling through shoulder, back and wrist injuries last year, Poulter was asked if he believes his game is in shape to win again.

“If I play half as good as I've obviously played Round 2, then I'm going to have a chance come Sunday,” Poulter said. “I mean, this golf course, we've seen through the years, a stretch of holes of taking people from in contention, out of contention, very quickly. The way I feel about my game, I'm hitting good shots, I'm holing a few putts, and obviously if you're going to do that, then you've got half a chance.”

Poulter’s 64 equaled Brooks Koepka’s as the low round of the tournament. Poulter holed a sand wedge from 116 yards at the fourth hole for eagle in the second round.

“My mental side, I feel confident, provided I keep doing the right things,” Poulter said.