US PGA 2013

8th-11th August

Poulter watches it slip away

Englishman birdied six of the first seven holes

Last Updated: 13/08/12 1:06am

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Ian Poulter: had to settle for a share of third

Ian Poulter: had to settle for a share of third

Ian Poulter failed to build on a sensational start to his final round at the US PGA Championship as he faded on the back nine.

The 36-year-old Englishman birdied six of the first seven holes at Kiawah Island and closed to within two shots of leader Rory McIlroy after two more birdies on the 11th and 12th.

However, he then carded three successive birdies from the 13th and signed off with a another bogey at the final hole, although he at least had the consolation of moving into an automatic Ryder Cup berth.

He said: "It was a dream start, putting myself in that position. Birdieing the first five was pretty good.

"I had a great look at birdie on the next and just missed it and then birdied the par five. I felt at the time it was nice timing putting something on the board for Rory to see.

"But unfortunately I made three bogeys on the spin and bogeyed the last - a very, very costly finish.

"I was thinking don't make a mistake - I've got a couple of key holes coming up at 13 and 14. But as quickly as they come - they kind of disappear pretty quick too.

"It is very impressive for Rory to keep making birdie upon birdie. To get his nose in front and play those tough holes really well is very impressive. He's a very impressive golfer to watch when on form."

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