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Poulter is blooming.

Byline: Neil McLeman

IAN POULTER conjured a "cheeky" piece of Seve magic from among the azaleas at Augusta.

And after his second level-par round of 72 yesterday he insists he can now put on a show this weekend despite a late double bogey.

Poulter looked in trouble at the par-five 13th when his second flew over the green and into the flowers and bushes.

But after moving TV cables, he chipped out to four feet and punched the air in delight before making the birdie putt.

"I had to take a little bow after that one," said the world No.24, who maintained his record of making the cut at every Masters he has played.

"It was very cheeky I must say. We got caught out again on the second shot by a two-club wind and it carried the middle bunker and went in the bushes. There was a cheeky little gap and I thought if I can just prod it down and get it somewhere on the green I'd be happy to two-putt and just get off.

"It just came out so perfectly and ran down like a little helter skelter or a rollercoaster.

"It took a big turn to the right and fed down to four feet. It was very cheeky."

Poulter's wedge shot on 16 plunged into the greenside lake and he added: "A poor shot, simple as that. But I feel good about my game. Level par is fine."

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 7, 2012
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