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Poulter loses ground at Australian Masters

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Ian Poulter had a mixed second day at Kingston Heath © PA Photos
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Ian Poulter's title defence at the Australian Masters faltered as he lost ground on the leaders in round two.

An opening 67 had Poulter well placed to strike but he could find no momentum in his second round and had to sign for a level-par 72.

Poulter lost ground on Matthew Guyatt who followed up a superb round of 65 with a 69 to assume a two-shot lead at Kingston Heath.

"I don't know how it's going to be tomorrow when I stand on the tee, I know I'm going to be nervous, there's no doubt about that, I'm not going to say I'm not because I will be," Guyatt said. "But it's about hopefully having the routine and all the work we've done on my routine and having that hold me in good stead so that I can pull the trigger and really be able to deal with whatever outcome comes."

If Guyatt looks over his shoulder he will see tournament favourite Adam Scott looming large. The world No. 5 is well placed three shots off the lead following a round of 70.

Sandwiched between Scott and Guyatt is Michael Hendry who signed for a round of 69 to sit at eight-under.

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