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Patience key for Poulter

Ian Poulter insists he is close to producing a low score at Augusta - if he can stay patient.

The Englishman added a two-under 70 to his opening 76 on Friday and at two over par he is nine shots adrift of leader Bubba Watson.

But he is convinced he is playing well enough to move up the leaderboard on the weekend

He told Sky Sports: "It was probably one of my best rounds at Augusta I think. In terms of ball-striking I hit a lot of great shots stiff today, but I am walking off disappointed.

"As good as it was, two under par has definitely moved me back in there but I left shots on the golf course today which was really frustrating.

"I three-putted nine from 10 feet, three putted 10 and then on 14 I actually putted off one side of the green off the other. So three three-puts there but apart from that there were no other mistakes.

"I know I am playing well. My scores haven't reflected that in the last couple of months but I have to be patient because the scores are coming and I am playing nicely.

"If I do stay patient I can work my way around this golf course."

Poulter's Ryder Cup colleague and fellow Englishman Lee Westwood also feels he is playing well.

After a 71 left him at level par at halfway, Westwood told Sky Sports: "I am hitting very few poor shots. It is just a shame I haven't capitalised on the par fives. I will have to do better at the weekend."

Westwood, who has finished in the top 11 for the last four years, added: "I think experience counts for a lot, especially experience of tournament play around here, I don't think practice counts for a lot.

"This is my 15th Masters so I have had a lot of practice of it. It is the kind of course that even if you are not hitting it well - and I am hitting it well this week - if you are not, you can still get a way round if you miss it in the right places."