Poulter slips, but fights back

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Ian Poulter salvaged a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the weather-delayed Barclays Singapore Open.

Ian Poulter salvaged a one-stroke lead heading into the final round of the weather-delayed Barclays Singapore Open today (Saturday) after battling back to post a one-over-par third round to edge ahead of Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell.
Poulter had seen a five stroke halfway lead wiped away in just six holes of his third round yesterday after paying the price for an aggressive approach before a thunderstorm halted play.
But he returned this morning to card five birdies against two bogeys over his remaining 12 holes to remain on course for a wire-to-wire victory.
“It’s all fine really. If you are going to shoot one-over-par, there are a few ways of doing it, and I would rather do it the way I have than made 17 pars and a bogey because I’ve made five birdies and I’m still hitting good shots,” said Poulter.
“I made a couple of bad choices yesterday. The decision on four I really should have laid up, but when everything is going right you seen to make the right decisions all the time, but that was a wrong one.
“I got burnt for that I have had three three putts on the front nine and that is very unusual for me. But to turn it round and hit the shots I have on the back nine I’m pretty happy.
“I was leading by five and to be honest it didn’t feel perfect so it was a bit of a bizarre situation to be in, to have taken that many shots out of the field and for it not to feel right it can either keep going one way or have a little slide one way and unfortunately it slid the other way for a couple of hours.
“But we got off the golf course last night and I came back this morning and it was all fine again. It could have been a different story, but I am leading.”
McDowell was equally as impressive on the back nine at Sentosa Golf Club and secured a four under 67 to progress to 10 under overall after picking up five shots on his way home.
He missed a six-foot birdie putt at the last which would have secured a share of the lead just minutes before Poulter scrambled from a greenside bunker to convert a par, but McDowell was just pleased to be back in contention after battling with swing problems since his 10th place finish at the US PGA Championship in August.
“It was a good morning. I played the back nice nicely and I hope that continues this afternoon,” he said.
“It feels good to be back in the mix, it has been too long, probably since the PGA that I have really felt in the mix in a tournament.
“It’s been a frustrating couple of months, but you have to just hang in there and wait for your chances and keep positive.”
China’s Liang Wen-chong posted a second consecutive three under 68 to claim third at eight under, with Dane Anders Hansen (68), Hong Kong Open champion Lin Wen-tang (68) of Chinese Taipei, Australian duo Andrew Dodt (70) and Scott Hend (70), Swede Niclas Fasth (71) and Japanese duo Kenichi Kuboya (67) and Kodai Ichihara (71) in touch at six under.
Collated third round scores & totals in the European Tour Barclays Singapore Open, Sentosa Golf Club, Singapore.
(Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 71):

202 Ian Poulter 66 64 72
203 Graeme McDowell 71 65 67
205 Wen-chong Liang (Chn) 69 68 68
207 Scott Hend (Aus) 72 66 69, Anders Hansen (Den) 68 71 68, Kodai Ichihara (Jpn) 68 68 71, Niclas Fasth (Swe) 69 67 71, Wen-Tang Lin (Tai) 69 70 68, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 69 68 70, Kenichi Kuboya (Jpn) 70 70 67
208 Sam Hutsby 69 70 69, Adam Scott (Aus) 72 71 65, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 72 68 68, Ernie Els (Rsa) 67 69 72, Peter Lawrie 71 66 71, Ross McGowan 69 69 70
209 Phil Mickelson (USA) 69 71 69, Daniel Chopra (Swe) 70 65 74, Marc Warren 73 69 67, Richard Finch 71 68 70, Thomas Levet (Fra) 68 68 73
210 Yin-shin Chan (Tpe) 67 68 75, Marcus Both (Aus) 72 71 67, Soren Hansen (Den) 71 71 68, Miguel Angel Jimenez (Spa) 74 67 69, Gregory Bourdy (Fra) 73 67 70, Chih-bing Lam (Sin) 69 69 72
211 Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 69 67 75, Alexander Noren (Swe) 70 69 72, Sang-moon Bae (Kor) 73 68 70, Gaganjeet Bhullar (Ind) 71 67 73, Oskar Henningsson (Swe) 69 73 69, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 73 67 71
212 Steve Webster 71 72 69, Juvic Pagunsan (Phi) 74 69 69, Justin Rose 72 70 70, James Kingston (Rsa) 74 66 72, Keith Horne (Rsa) 74 68 70, Chapchai Nirat (Tha) 73 67 72, Mardan Mamat (Sin) 72 69 71
213 Rodney Pampling (Aus) 72 69 72, Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 73 70 70, Richard Green (Aus) 68 73 72, Ted Oh (Kor) 70 73 70, Jyoti Randhawa (Ind) 69 72 72
214 Tony Carolan (Aus) 74 67 73, Tano Goya (Arg) 74 68 72
215 Danny Lee (Nzl) 71 72 72, Daniel Vancsik (Arg) 70 71 74, Thaworn Wiratchant (Tha) 71 72 72, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 71 72 72, Guido Van Der Valk (Ned) 72 71 72, Darren Clarke 73 69 73, Padraig Harrington 74 69 72
216 Wei Chih Lu (Tha) 70 72 74, Jeppe Huldahl (Den) 75 66 75, Zaw Moe (Kor) 71 72 73, Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 74 67 75
217 Felipe Aguilar (Chi) 68 73 76, Nicholas Redfern 71 70 76, Scott Barr (Aus) 71 71 75, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 73 70 74
218 Andrew Coltart 70 73 75, Kenneth Ferrie 71 72 75
219 Christian Cevaer (Fra) 71 72 76, Mitchell Brown (Aus) 75 68 76, Graeme Storm 74 69 76, Jason Knutzon (USA) 75 67 77, Martin Rominger (Swi) 74 68 77
DQ: Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 72 69 77

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