Poulter up by two at JBWere Masters

Dec. 16, 2011 at 6:05 AM
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MELBOURNE, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Ian Poulter closed with a pair of birdies Friday in building a two-stroke lead halfway through the JBWere Masters in Australia.

Poulter had four birdies and a bogey for a 3-under-par 68 in his second round and is at 9-under 133 after 36 holes. Matthew Giles, who also shot 68, is second at 7-under. Ashley Hall, despite three bogeys, shot 1-under 70 and is at 6-under 136 for the tournament.

Six players are tied for fourth at 5-under. That group includes Geoff Ogilvy, whose 66 was the round of the day. Ogilvy had two bogeys, five birdies and a ninth-hole eagle.

Poulter, from England, is the only non-Australian in the Top 10.

He opened play Friday with eight consecutive pars before a birdie at No. 9. His bogey came at the par-4, 405-yard 11th hole, where he also had a bogey Thursday.

Poulter had a birdie at 14 before finishing with birdies at the Victoria Golf Club's back-to-back par 5s at 17 and 18.

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