GULLANE, Scotland -- Playing like he thinks he teed it up at the Ryder Cup instead of The Open Championship on Sunday, Ian Poulter has moved into a tie for third, two strokes off Lee Westwood's lead.
Poulter eagled the ninth hole, then reeled off birdies on his next three holes to get back to even par for the tournament. He had a chance for a fourth straight, too, but his 15-footer at the par-3 14th stopped about an inch to the left of the cup.
About an hour before he teed off, Poulter posted what is turning out to be a very prophetic tweet: "Lets see if we can get into the mix by the end of today's round. Slowly slowly try and get back into position. @The_Open quality."
Poulter finished ninth at last year's Open Championship. His career best came in 2008 when he finished second, four strokes behind Padraig Harrington at Royal Birkdale.