Poulter not rapt with first round

Thursday, 15 November 2012
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter

Most golfers would be happy to be sitting in a share of second place after the opening round of a tournament, but for Englishman Ian Poulter his effort on Thursday at the Talisker Masters was merely 'acceptable'.

Poulter carded a five-under 67 on the opening day at Kingston Heath to be tied with Australia's Adam Scott and Kiwi Michael Hendry, with the trio only two shots behind Queenslander Matthew Guyatt in the overnight lead.

Strong determination is one thing that Poulter has thrived on throughout his professional career and that is why the world No.16 was not getting too carried away with his impressive start to his title defence.

"Five under is acceptable, but it is a golf course that if you play well and you give yourself a lot of chances, you would expect to hole a lot of putts," Poulter said.

"The greens are perfect, so if you hit your line it is a great chance of going in."

The west-to-south-westerly breeze that threatened to blow strongly late in the afternoon on Thursday was nothing more than a zephyr by the time Poulter finished, with players teeing off late in the day able to fire at flags with great confidence and birdies were easy to come by.

"You had to take advantage of the weather, especially this afternoon," Poulter said.

"If the weather's benign like this, then this golf course is going to give up quite a few birdie opportunities.

"If there is not much wind then you have to try and take advantage."

Similar conditions conducive to good scoring are predicted on Friday, with Poulter's early morning tee time of 7:40am (AEDT) expected to produce more birdies on the short Melbourne layout.

"If it's like this, yes, the scoring's going to be low again," Poulter predicted.

"The way the greens are right now, you're going in there with a lot of short irons.

"If you can put a little bit of spin on the ball, you're definitely going to have a lot of opportunities to make birdies."

But Poulter admitted that he won't be complaining too much if the wind does get up on the weekend.

"With my game I think I would prefer it to be a little windier than what it was today," he said.

"I play pretty well in the wind and this is a tricky golf course.

"So the harder it gets, generally I feel the better chance I have of hitting good golf shots.

"I would like it to be a little windier over the next few days."