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CARLSBAD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Ian Poulter of England hits a shot during his quarterfinal match with Stephen Leaney of Australia at the WGC- Accenture Match Play Championship at the La Costa Resort and Spa on February 28, 2004 in Carlsbad, California. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
As his long putt for eagle dipped into the heart of the cup on the ninth green, Ian Poulter strode after the ball with purpose and wound up a huge fist pump in celebration. The Englishman was starting a hot streak of putts to muscle into contention at the British Open on Sunday. ''They were going in the middle, like they were in Medinah,'' Poulter said, recalling his memorable barrage of hole-winning putts for Europe during last year's Ryder Cup. ''The excitement, the atmosphere, the fans out there were certainly giving me a lot of electricity and pumping me up.'' After starting the final round eight shots off the lead on 5 over par, Poulter had given himself next to no chance of reeling in the leaders at Muirfield as he went to bed on Saturday. But by the time he was teeing off on No. 13, having made that eagle and then birdies at the next three holes, he was level par and two strokes off imploding leader Lee Westwood. As Poulter fiddled with his sunglasses while walking down ...
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