Ian Poulter plays an approach shot during day two of the 2011 Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club.
Ian Poulter plays an approach shot during day two of the 2011 Australian Masters at The Victoria Golf Club. Getty Images - Quinn Rooney

Sick Poulter leads by two shots

ENGLAND'S Ian Poulter retained his lead after the second round of the Australian Masters despite a "terrible" ball-striking display due to a bout of food poisoning.

The flamboyant Englishman was physically ill on Friday morning but still emerged with a two-shot break heading into the weekend at Victoria Golf Club.

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Poulter is nine-under par for the tournament after rounds of 65 and 68, two strokes ahead of NSW player Matthew Giles, while Victorian Ashley Hall is a further shot back in third spot.

World No.1 Luke Donald sits at three-under the card, while defending champion Stuart Appleby was forced to withdraw due to a painful back injury.

Few players produced standout charges on Friday, although club member Geoff Ogilvy picked up five shots to move into contention at five-under par.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.



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