Casey and Poulter tied in Florida

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Paul Casey and Ian Poulter were tied for the lead at the Honda Classic when play was suspended on Sunday.

It was Poulter who was sitting pretty on nine under with a three stroke lead before a shank off the tee landed him in the water. The Englishman was unable to aovid a double bogey five, but his troubles weren’t over just yet.

Poulter then drove into the water on the par four sixth, but recovered nicely to limit the damage to just a bogey, but lost the lead in the process.

But the Ryder Cup star bounced back on the par three seventh with a superb tee shot and drained his put to get a shot back and tie the lead with his fellow Englishman Casey on seven under.

“I’m pretty pleased with the golf I’ve played throughout the whole of today,” the 39-year-old told ESPN.

“I haven’t really made many mistakes at all. I’ve put it in position an awful lot, which is encouraging right now. And If I do that tomorrow, then I’m going to be in a good position.

“You take your foot off the accelerator for one second, all of a sudden you find yourself completely out of position.”

Play was then suspended due to darkness, which halted Casey’s run of three birdies in his first seven holes.

“This sort of situation is going to be difficult for everybody, and it just breaks up momentum,” added Casey.

“Some guys will carry it through tomorrow. Others won’t, and that’s very difficult to predict…you just hope you wake up tomorrow and you feel like you’ve got the same kind of golf swing and putts are going in the hole. You just don’t know. Hope the golfing gods are nice to us tomorrow.”

Meanwhile Patrick Reed is just one stroke back on six under and five-time Major winner Phil Mickelson, looking for his first win since 2013, is on four under.

Play will resume on Monday.

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