Poulter three back, anticipates 'fun weekend'


ARDMORE, Pa. – It wasn’t the finish Ian Poulter had hoped for, but after coming back out to Merion early Saturday to complete his delayed second round the Englishman was pleased with his position heading into the weekend.

Despite bogeys at two of his last three holes – including a tough bunker shot at the 16th hole to start his day – Poulter finished with a 1-over 71 and is tied for 10th at 2 over par.

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“I’m three off the lead in the U.S. Open, and that’s the difference of one hole. You can make birdie and someone can make double (bogey),” he said. “I’m right in position and right there where I want to be. It’s going to be a fun weekend.”

Poulter led early in Round 1 following three quick birdies, but struggled late in his round like he did early Saturday. Still, this is Poulter’s best start in 10 U.S. Opens and he will tee off at 2:07 p.m. ET with Henrik Stenson and Mathew Goggin.