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May 11 2012

12:45 PM

A closer look at Poulter, Laird

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A couple of notes about co-leaders Ian Poulter and Martin Laird to set up today’s second round:

Ian Poulter

-- Poulter had not held a first-round lead/co-lead on TOUR in 139 previous starts.

-- Poulter has made all six of his cuts on TOUR this season. Both of his top-10 finishes this season have come in his last two starts (he finished third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard and seventh at the Masters).

-- Poulter is making his ninth start at THE PLAYERS this week. His best finish is a runner-up in 2009. Only twice -- in 2010 and 2005 -- has he missed the cut.

-- Poulter’s previous low round at THE PLAYERS was a 67 in the first round in 2009.

-- Poulter’s round Thursday? It was his 450th on TOUR.

Martin Laird

-- This is Laird’s third career first-round lead/co-lead on TOUR.

-- The two other times he held or shared the lead after the first round -- at the 2008 Wyndham Championship and 2011 Northern Trust Open -- he went on to finish fourth and first, respectively.

-- Laird is looking to join Sandy Lyle (1987) as the only players from Scotland to win THE PLAYERS.

-- Laird is making his fourth start at TPC Sawgrass (he tied for 71st in 2009, missed the cut in 2010 and tied for 69th in 2011).

-- Laird’s 65 was his first round in the 60s in nine previous rounds at THE PLAYERS, and it was the only bogey-free round of the day.

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