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Ian Poulter endured a chastening second round at the Masters.

Poulter's Masters hopes blown off course

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Ian Poulter endured a painful experience as his hopes of winning a first major title in the Masters were blown off course at Augusta National.

Poulter began the day just three shots off the overnight lead held by defending champion Jordan Spieth, but stumbled to a 78 on Friday after carding four bogeys and a double bogey on the 14th.

"It wasn't as tough as yesterday," the 40-year-old said. "It's just disappointing to be marginally off around this golf course because that just shows you how difficult this golf course really is. Margins for error are really slim.

"You are always on edge on this golf course, especially when this wind is blowing. It's tough, but that's why we love this golf course. I walk off and shoot six over par, but I still love this golf course because it has given me what I deserved today, which is a right kick in the nuts."

At three over par Poulter was five shots off the clubhouse lead shared by Danny Lee and Scott Piercy, with Spieth six under after nine holes of his second round.

"There weren't really any comfortable shots out there today," Poulter added. "You are uncomfortable on every shot because you are praying you have selected the right wind. It's not club selection, it's wind selection.

"When the margins are as small as they are here that's what makes it tough. We hit a perfect shot into 10 today. I had eight iron which I fly 164 yards and today it went 190. That just shows you that if the wind switches slightly it's tough."

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