Ian Poulter tees off with Tiger Woods on day three at the Masters
Poulter is leading the British charge at the Masters this year and will start the third round in a tie for sixth place after shooting 68 and 71 to sit five under par.
He is two shots from the lead and one shot behind Woods, who he tees off with at 7.05pm on Saturday.
And the 43-year-old Englishman insists he is staying calm but wants to enjoy the final two rounds of the tournament.
“My mission is to just stay patient and have fun, there is a long way to go in this golf tournament,” he said.
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“If you put yourself in position with nine holes to go then the back nine opens up.
“I don’t think the course is going to dry out enough for them to be really firm for the weekend. As long as I am there or thereabouts, with nine holes to go and try and be super-aggressive in that position, who knows what can happen?
“We have seen runs with five birdies to close out. It is possible. Hopefuly I can be in the mix. I’m very happy where I am.”
Poulter opened with a 68 and was off to a slow start yesterday when he pushed his drive into the trees on the right, missed the green and could not land a 20-foot par saver.
He got the shot straight back at No.2 when he reached the par-5 in two lusty blows and two-putted from 44-feet for birdie.
Ian Poulter is leading the English charge at the Masters this year
Despite great ball striking, the Postman then delivered nine consecutive pars as he missed a string of birdie putts which would have pushed him up the leaderboard.
The steady streak was snapped at No.12 when his tee shot on the 156-yard par-three Golden Bell landed four feet fro the hole. And after finding the 13th green in two shots, he made a two-putt birdie from 20 yards to move to six-under par and into a share of the lead with Francesco Molinari. But he bogeyed 14 before parring his way home.
“I’m a little frustrated with couple of holes coming in, I missed a couple of opportunities,” Poulter admitted. “I missed a 10-footer on 18th, three-putted on 14. But its ok,
“I have played well today. I missed a couple of greens. I wasn’t quite as clinical as I was yesterday but it wasn’t quite as easy even though the greens softened up. It took a little bit of adjusting to.
I hung in there. I holed a couple of nice par putts. My game is in shape. I feel pretty good. It’s ok, I am on the board and it is going to be a good weekend.”