It was a perfect afternoon for an Englishman golf player, Ian Poulter, as he made a solid and flawless performance for 12 holes. He also managed to tie for second place, until one scoreboard operator prompted a “6 under through 12” score from a distance. Poulter laughed at this situation, as this was also a sign that he was on a borrowed time. He laughed off and said, “Who in the world would write something like that and how he put the score off the board with the last 5 holes to play?”
Despite his poor finish, he managed to bogey Holes no. 13, 14, 16, and 17. The morning wave was at its peak performance, however, the afternoon wave seemed to be more demanding. Also, despite the the Ocean Course difficulty, he still carved out an eagle and 4 birdies, which initially make him top the leaderboard. It’s also advised that the wind will be savage this week, and players have to endure this condition.
Poulter’s also shared that the last 5 holes might’ve been shortened by 200 yards, that’s why it was difficult for him to finish strong. Even if he had a clear goal to the target, the ball would always end up either on the beach or the dunes.
The lowest score recorded during the Ocean Course in the last two PGA Championships was from Seung-Yul Noh. Poulter still had high hopes that he could still manage to get back up again in the next rounds. He also shared that even though this seems like a cruel joke, yet every good golf player would want to test themselves to the highest level, and he thinks that playing along the wind is a very good design for gold courses.