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The Tour Report

February 21 2013

4:05 PM

Rd. 1: Poulter def. Gallacher, 2 & 1

MARANA, Ariz. -- Englishman Ian Poulter, a No. 3 seed, defeated 14th-seeded Stephen Gallacher of Scotland, 2 and 1, in the completion Thursday of their first-round match.

Poulter now faces American Bo Van Pelt in the second round Friday of the Snead bracket.

Poulter entered the day 3 up through 12 holes. He stumbled at the par-4 14th, losing the hole with a double bogey. But after Gallacher drained a 20-foot birdie putt at the 15th, Poulter followed with his own short birdie putt after hitting his approach shot inside 4 feet to halve the hole and derail Gallacher's momentum.

For Poulter, it was the first time he had advanced past the first round since winning here in 2010.

"I'm fully aware of my early exits the last couple years," Poulter said, "and obviously didn't want to do that again."