Talisker Australian Open. Great Scott Eases Past Poor Poults Performance

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Adam Scott played a great last round to ease past a poor performance from Poults at the Talisker Australian Open at the Kingston Heath Golf Club on Sunday.  Adams final round of  -5 under-par 67 gave him a four shot win over defending champion Ian Poulter. Adam described the week as perfectly satisfactory;

Satisfaction is the perfect word to describe this week, it is probably the only tournament of the year maybe one other where I have put four solid rounds together. It was great to be part of it. The golf Ian and I played over the past two days was the highest standard of golf there is. I can’t tell you how good it was. My swing was good all week but today it was very good. I just tried to play instinctive golf. I took my chances on the front 9 and then just tried to hang on on the back nine.”

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Ian Poulter made too many mistakes today, the beaten defending champion was disappointed with his performance, but complimentary of Adam’s solid round;

“It has been a great week, I am disappointed because I led into the final round and haven’t won but it has been a great week. Adam played very solid and forced me into a couple of mistakes. I made a fateful error on the 17th  {he missed a putt form two feet} when I was standing over Adam’s line but he played a lovely round of five under”

I said yesterday that the winner from these two would be the one who made the least mistakes, Ian Poulter made bogey on two par fives, for a man of his caliber that is not a mistake, it is criminal negligence.

New Zealander’s Mark Brown and Gareth Paddison tied for third place, eight shots behind Adam Scott’s winning score.

 

Talisker Australian Masters. Poulter Pulverises Kingston Heath Golf Course

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Ian Poulter pulverised the Kingston Heath Golf course in the third round of the Talisker Australian Masters, shooting a -8 under par round of 64, to lead the tournament going into the last day with a one shot lead over Adam Scott. Ian won at his last start, charging home in the HSBC Champions tournament in China.His tournament total here stands at -13 under par, and it could have been lower, his  9-iron approach on 18 nearly holed out from the fairway and left him with a tap-in birdie to finish his round. Ian said of the shot;

“I just hit it, let it ride up the crest and feed down, it turned out to be a decent shot. When you go out with a reasonable breeze and you produce a score like that, you have to be happy.”

Ian is approaching the last round knowing that someone can always go out and shoot a really low round;

“It’s stroke play, it’s all about not making mistakes, taking your chances and I’m fully aware that other guys can go out there tomorrow and shoot a low score.”

He told reporters that it was good to pay alongside Adam;

 ” Collectively we’ve had 17 birdies which is a lot of birdies on that golf course, when at times, there was a nice breeze. It’s nice to play with someone who you know really, really well. You can feed off them, as much as they feed off you. I think that’s exactly what we did today, there was a great vibe on the course. There were good shots being played, nice putts being holed and it’s always nice to be in a good two-ball like that.”

Bright start. Ian Poulter was hard to miss early in his third round.

Ian Poulter / photo Sebastian Costanzo

Both Ian and Adam fired blistering third rounds in the calm conditions scoring with plenty of birdies, ensuring that there will be a brilliant finish to the Talisker Australian Masters tomorrow.


Adam Scott hits out of the sand.

Adam Scott / photo Sebastian Costanzo

Adam is aware of what Ian can do when he plays with confidence;

 “Ian’s playing beautiful so he’s not going to fade away,  I’m going to have to shoot something in the sixties to even think of having a chance, I don’t need to let Ian get any more comfortable up there than he probably is.

He’s high on confidence , I need to stick right with him and keep the pressure on, even overnight. I realised at some point in there that I need to get in that same kind of rhythm or he’s going to run away from me today. Sometimes when you’re playing well, you can get in the rhythm of the other guy and you’re seeing good shots and just kind of follow his lead, so I did that a little bit today and we both played nicely. Ian made just a couple less mistakes and hit a couple more good shots early on, so fantastic round from him today.”

Matthew Guyatt is alone in third place, at -7 under par, after his disappointing third round of +3 over par 75.  Barring a miracle no one else even has a sniff of a chance here, it’s either Adam or Ian, whoever makes the least mistakes on the day.

Talisker Australian Masters, Matthew Guyatt proves round one was no fluke.

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Queenslander Matthew Guyatt  is the man to catch in the Talisker Australian Masters after the 37-year-old followed his sizzling opening round of 65 with a composed -3 under par, 69 at Kingston Heath Golf Course on Friday, for a total tournament score of -10 under par.

Matthew said was aware of the charging Kiwi, Michael Hendry, but was not worried;

“I wasn’t worried, I just went back and focused. I was pretty relaxed. Standing on 18 and seeing your name up the top, it’s a pretty good feeling. That’s where everyone playing this week wants to be. I don’t know how it’s going to be tomorrow when I stand on the tee, I know I’m going to be nervous, there’s no doubt about that, I’m not going to say I’m not because I will be. But it’s about hopefully having the routine and all the work we’ve done on my routine and having that hold me in good stead so that I can pull the trigger and really be able to deal with whatever outcome comes. I actually said to my caddie it was looking like Mike Hendry might be the guy I get paired with. I said that wouldn’t be bad because I’ve travelled a little bit on OneAsia this year with Mike and get along well with him. That might be a good initiation into the final group rather than a Poulter or an Adam Scott or someone like that where the crowds are going to be heavily increased.”

 

Michael Hendry also had a second round of -3 under par, 69. to be two shots behind the leader, and alone in second place. Michael said he was playing risk free golf;

“I hit a lot of greens and put myself in position off the tee which is probably the key around here. I wasn’t making it tough on myself to make par. My course management got me round. I had a lot of really solid shots. I was taking clubs off the tee that weren’t going to get me a long way down there, but they were always going to be pretty risk-free.”

Adam Scott, the world number five is in third place, three shots off the lead after his second round of -2 under par 70.

Ian Poulter failed to keep pace with the leaders, shooting a second round of par, 72, which left him five shots adrift of the top of the leaderboard. A very somber Ian told reporters;

“The course plays much different in the wind. It’s a completely different course, I’m frustrated. I’m not going to stand here laughing, am I? I’ve shot level par and I’m disappointed. I’m not going to be standing here very jolly, am I?  I’ve left shots out there on the golf course. I’m five off the lead but I’m pissed off with my round of golf. Simple.”