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The Tour Report

November 2 2013

4:49 AM

Poulter gets a shot at defense

WATCH: Poulter interview after the third round

Ian Poulter has been saying on Twitter for weeks that his game was close to peaking, and he was right.

Poulter's Saturday 63 puts him only three shots behind a dominant Duston Johnson. The Brit will have the chance at successfully defending his World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions title on Sunday when he tees off with Johnson in the final round. 

Poulter will have to rally, but his game is rolling after a 17 birdies and two eagles through 54 holes.

"I just need to do my thing tomorrow and make a lot more than what he does," Poulter said. "I'm going to have to see what happens coming down the stretch. It will always be great to be in the last group, seeing what's going on.  It fires you up even more."

A win would give Poulter one of the final spots in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he's played only twice in his career. He finished in the top 10 both times at Kapalua.

Both of Poulter's PGA TOUR wins have occured at World Golf Championship events. He won the 2010 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship, then won the 2012 World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions after a blistering 65-65 finish on the weekend.

"I have to do my thing tomorrow. It's only Saturday. You can't win tournaments on Saturday," Poulter said. "It's all about playing well on Sunday. I need to do that. I need to make plenty of birdies, try and make an eagle; if I can, I can get close."