Poulter is off the pace and heading to hills

Published: 20/02/2014

Ryder Cup winner and former champion Ian Poulter suffered his third first-round exit in four years from the WGC-Accenture Match Play championship at Dove Mountain in Arizona last night.

Poulter fell to 2 and 1 defeat to young American talent Rickie Fowler with the latter due to face compatriot Jimmy Walker, who beat South African Branden Grace 5 and 4, in the second round.

Poulter admitted he was beaten fair and square and said: “I was disappointed with my performance today and did not deserve to move on.”

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