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No amen for round

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ian Poulter's hopes for his first major championship slipped away Saturday in the third round of the Masters Tournament.

Ian Poulter skips down the 17th fairway with his caddie, Terry Mundy, during the third round of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. His best finish is a tie for 13th in 2007. (Jackie Ricciardi/Staff)

"Not obviously what I was after today," Poulter said after shooting 2-over-par 74. "I put myself out of position a couple of times off the tee today, kind of got myself out of trouble with the tee shots, but I was hanging in there."

Fellow Englishman and 36-hole co-leader Lee Westwood shot 68 and leads Phil Mickelson by one. Poulter is tied for sixth, six shots behind Westwood.

"Yeah, I've got a chance. You saw what guys were doing on the golf course today," Poulter said. "There was roars all around the golf course, eagles were being made, second shots being holed. You know, this golf course can give up eagles quite easily. I'm just going to have to go out there and play well."

After shooting even par on the first nine, Poulter unraveled at Amen Corner. He made bogey on No. 11, and then drew a poor lie in the bunker at the par-3 12th. That led to double bogey.

"I really had no shot. There was no sand at the front of the bunker, I'm on the downslope, (and) I had no shot," he said.

Poulter birdied the par-5 13th and parred the remaining holes.

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