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Patience is key for Ian Poulter

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Ian Poulter believes he can produce a good score and finish the weekend on a high if he can remain patient at Augusta during the final two days of The Masters.

The Englishman finished Friday two-over par after scoring an impressive two-under 70 to make up for his four-over 76 on Thursday. At the half-way stage Poulter sits nine shots adrift of runaway leader Bubba Watson.

But the 38-year old believes he can start closing the gap between him and the front runners.

He told Sky Sports: "It was probably one of my best rounds at Augusta I think. In terms of ball-striking I hit a lot of great shots stiff today, but I am walking off disappointed.

"As good as it was, two under par has definitely moved me back in there but I left shots on the golf course today which was really frustrating."

Despite shooting a respectable round he identified a couple of errors that have left him nine shots off the pace. However Poulter's confident that if he remains patient he can shot two more decent round to put him in contention come Sunday evening.

"I three-putted nine from 10 feet, three putted 10 and then on 14 I actually putted off one side of the green off the other. So three three-puts there but apart from that there were no other mistakes.

He continued: "I know I am playing well. My scores haven't reflected that in the last couple of months but I have to be patient because the scores are coming and I am playing nicely.

"If I do stay patient I can work my way around this golf course."

Fellow Englishman Lee Westwood is sitting in an even better position than Poulter at the half-way stage after scoring a 71 which left him at level par.

But Westwood believes that his game isn't quite up to his usual standards.

Westwood told Sky Sports: "I am hitting very few poor shots. It is just a shame I haven't capitalised on the par fives. I will have to do better at the weekend."

The 40-year old has finished in the top 11 in the past four years at Augusta and he feels that this experience is vital.

"I think experience counts for a lot, especially experience of tournament play around here, I don't think practice counts for a lot," he said.

"This is my 15th Masters so I have had a lot of practice of it. It is the kind of course that even if you are not hitting it well - and I am hitting it well this week - if you are not, you can still get a way round if you miss it in the right places."

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