February 22 2013
MARANA, Ariz. -- England's Ian Poulter, who won the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2010, looks in terrific form again at Dove Mountain after dispatching American Bo Van Pelt, 3 and 1, in the second round.
Poulter, a No. 3 seed, had a bogey-free round with six birdies and another birdie putt conceded.
"I played the type of golf that's going to be tough to beat," Poulter said. "Very pleased how I took some mistakes from yesterday and kept a very clean round."
Having taken the last six weeks off prior to this week, Poulter said he "couldn't feel any fresher or fitter."
Van Pelt, a No. 6 seed, grabbed the early lead with his second birdie of the day at the par-4 fourth. But he suffered consecutive bogeys at the sixth and seventh holes to fall 1 down.
Poulter pulled away from there. He birdied three of the next four holes to move to 4 up. Van Pelt responded by winning the next two holes, including the par-5 13th when Poulter settled for par after just coming up short of the green in two.
"Only mistake I made was I 3-putted from 100 feet," Poulter said before adding, "Shucks."
Both players birdied the par-4 15th, then Van Pelt conceded the 17th hole and the match after missing his 12-foot birdie putt.
SCORECARD STATS: Poulter carded six birdies, had another birdie putt conceded and no bogeys. Van Pelt carded six birdies and three bogeys.
HOLES WON: Poulter won six holes. Van Pelt won three holes.
NEXT OPPONENT: Poulter plays Tim Clark in the third round of the Snead bracket.