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Poulter back in hunt for Ballantine's after round of 5-under

SEOUL -- Ian Poulter fired six birdies on the way to a second-round 5-under 67 in benign conditions at Blackstone Golf Club Friday to put himself firmly in the hunt for the Ballantine's Championship.

England's world number 25 admitted that he had not made the most of his chances on a frustrating first day when he shot 3-over 75, but believes he is back in the hunt after improving his score to two-under after 36 holes, five shots behind clubhouse leader Bernd Wiesberger.

“Yeah, yesterday was frustrating,” Poulter said. “I generally played pretty solid golf. I like it windy which is exactly what we got yesterday and I never took advantage at all.

“I hit a couple of poor shots and three three-putts put me 3-over for the day.

“But this morning, flat calm, the sun's out and it was definitely scoreable out there today. I gave myself plenty of looks at birdie and managed to take a few.”

Poulter recalled last year's winner Lee Westwood, who only just scraped past the cut before going on to triumph, and said that he will need to be aggressive over the weekend to reel in the leaders.

“Westy (Westwood) made the cut on the number last year and went on to win. So I'm certainly not going to be sitting back. I need to put birdies in the bag, really.”

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Golfer Ian Poulter, of England, takes part on day two of the Ballantine's Championship golf tournament at the Blackstone Resort in Incheon, outside Seoul, Friday, April 27. The US$3 million event is co-sanctioned by the Asian and European Tours and takes place from Thursday, April 26 to Sunday, April 29. (AFP)

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