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The Masters: Poulter’s Augusta rollercoaster sees him finish day on a high

Ian Poulter had never failed to make it in his six outings at Augusta so far and was determined to make sure it would not happen this year.

Fortunes can change around this place quicker than a mis-struck approach shot rolling back into one of famous water features on the back nine.

Poulter was chugging along happily enough at two under on Thursday when he dropped four strokes at the last four holes, including a double bogey at the last.

Starting out yesterday at two over par, Poulter had to first make sure of attaining his perfect attendance record and a 69, to move to one under, did just that.

It was a thrilling start, if a little fortunate as a speculative birdie putt from 40 feet at the first hole found the cup. The 33-year-old followed up by chipping to five feet at the long second and holing that before gaining a third birdie in a row at the third hole.

It was a round of three thirds. Between the fifth and the 11th hole, where he missed the green on the right and failed to get up and down, he dropped three strokes.

But in the rollercoaster world of Poults, he was off again with three birdies in the last six holes, including at the last which was a nice way to get revenge for the disaster there the previous evening.

“The three dropped shots were unforced errors,” he said. “I wasn't happy finishing the way I did last night, after playing flawlessly and then a couple of poor putts and a lapse of concentration.”

Poulter does not appear the happiest of campers at the moment. His only comments after the round were made to Sky Sports since he has chosen to ignore the written press following an incident earlier in the week — the right or wrongs of which will only be known come tomorrow evening.

Poulter was asked for a prediction about Tiger's finishing position, given last year he correctly predicted the former world No 1 would finish in the top-five on his return to competition.

This time Poulter thought Woods would be outside the top-five, an opinion that few think is particularly outrageous with the one exception of Woods himself, of course. When Woods was told, Tiger came over all snarky and said: “Well, Poults is always right.”

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