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Ian Poulter aims a dig at Masters playing partners after being timed for slow play

GiveMeSport | Updated: 2018-08-14 17:58:24

Ian Poulter refused to blame being timed for slow play for a second round of 75 in the Masters.

But the 42-year-old made it clear he felt he was not to blame for being put on the clock by rules officials at Augusta National.

Poulter was playing alongside former Masters champion Trevor Immelman and American Patrick Cantlay, whose lengthy pre-shot routine recently came in for criticism during the Genesis Open.

“I think as a group we were slow, but I’m not going to say the reasons why we were slow,” Poulter, who won the Houston Open last week to claim the last place in the field, said.

“I’m going to say ‘we’. Let me just generalise and say ‘we’. Just to keep that clean.

“I’m quite comfortable being on the clock every single shot. I’m not going to call foul. Unless you stand on the 12th and 11th and you get a big wind switch, that’s when obviously it’s going to get tricky.

“So I mentioned to the lads we need to get off this clock coming up 12. And we did. But quite quickly we fell back on the clock. So we rightly should have been back on it.

“It’s never going to affect my golf, so I’m fine. And I know I’m quick enough. That’s all I’m saying.”

Poulter carded five birdies, six bogeys and a double bogey on the 11th to finish five over par which proved to be just enough to avoid the cut and join fellow Englishmen Justin Rose, Tyrell Hatton, Matt Fitzpatrick, Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood in what should prove an exciting and unpredictable weekend at Augusta.

Patrick Reed currently leads by two shots but with big names such as Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth not lurking too far away, plenty of twists and turns are still expected.

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