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June 26 2011

5:00 PM

Poulter penalized for picking up ball

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- TPC River Highlands is still wet and therefore susceptible to low scores. Case in point: Steve Flesch, who shot a 7-under 63 early Sunday to finish his week at 11 under.

There are also a fair amount of soft spots on the course, according to Flesch. “The very first hole I drove it down the right side and had a big glob of mud on the ball,” he said. “There’s a fine line if we should have played the ball up or not.”

Ian Poulter made the mistake of playing it up on his very first hole. Thinking they were still playing lift, clean and place, Poulter picked up his ball on No. 1 before being informed that they’re playing the ball down. He suffered a one-stroke penalty as a result.

Dean Wilson, who was playing with Flesch, nearly did the same thing a couple of times before his caddie stopped him. However there are signs posted throughout the clubhouse indicating the ball is being played down.

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