Poulter takes 2-stroke lead in Hong Kong Open

Ian Poulter will take a two-stroke lead into the final round of the Hong Kong Open after shooting a six-under par 64 on Saturday.

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Published: Sat 20 Nov 2010, 3:09 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:17 AM

The Englishman followed up his second round 60 by sinking birdies on the final two holes of the third round, pulling clear of US Open champion Graeme McDowell and Englishman Simon Dyson.

Poulter birdie on 18 was holed from 20 feet to a huge cheer from the crowd.

However it was McDowell who had arguably the shot of the day, and certainly one of the best round of the day with a 63.

The 31-year-old Northern Irishman drove the green at the 10th, which was shortened for the third round to 287 yards, before draining a long putt. That began an impressive back nine that brought consecutive birdies at the 13th, 14th and 15th.

McDowell’s fellow Ulsterman Rory McIlroy — runner-up here in 2008 and 2009 — was a shot further back in a tie for fourth with American Anthony Kang, while first-round leader Mark Brown was next on 14-under, level with India’s Jeev Milkha Singh.

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