by Jeff Skinner
Atop a sea of Australian flags a St. Georges Cross signals that an Englishman has the lead at The J.B Were Masters in Australia. In a field filled with Aussies and only eight foreign players, Ian Poulter holds a two stroke lead over Australia’s best.
Poulter opened with a tournament low 65 and backed that up on Friday with a 68 to keep his lead. Poulter has managed his way around the Victoria golf Course in Melbourne with eleven birdies and only two bogeys in his first two rounds.
He wasn’t feeling up to par; pardon the pun, as he teed off in the second round. “I woke up this morning and I wasn’t feeling good,” Poulter said.
“I must have had something bad to eat last night.”
“I felt a bit weak out there today and it showed as I hit it terrible,” he said.
“I got myself out of position a number of times, but my short game was on and I holed a few nice putts.”
“So I would have taken that score considering how I played.”
Poulter knows he’ll have to play better to hold his lead over the weekend if he wants to claim his second victory of the year.
“There are 36 holes to play and this golf course is very challenging,” he said.
“It’s a tricky course and you can get caught out at any time.”