English pair Poulter and Casey share lead at Honda Classic

Sun Mar 1, 2015 7:42pm EST
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PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida (Reuters) - Britain's Ian Poulter and Paul Casey shared the lead at the weather-delayed Honda Classic, both at seven-under at the close of play on Sunday.

After Saturday's play was wiped out by rain there was no chance of completing the fourth round on Sunday and players will return on Monday for the conclusion.

Poulter's third-round 66 propelled him into the 54-hole lead, with a three-stroke advantage, but he slipped in fourth-round play with a double bogey on the par-three fifth and a bogey on the sixth.

But the Englishman restored his spirits with a birdie on the par-three seventh before darkness ended play.

"I was tiring and made a couple of really bad swings on five and six," said Poulter.

"But that kind of angered me inside enough to spark a little bit of energy there to hit a good shot on seven.

"I'm pretty pleased with the golf I've played throughout the whole of today. I haven't really made many mistakes, at all. I've put it in position an awful lot, which is encouraging right now, and if I do that on Monday, then I'm going to be in a good position," he said.

Casey reveled in the dusk at PGA National, reaching the turn at four-under, bogey-free, to pull level with his compatriot.

"Sleeping on this sort of situation, is going to be difficult for everybody, it just breaks up momentum," said Casey.   Continued...

Ian Poulter tees off on the 17th hole during the third round of the Honda Classic at PGA National GC Champion Course. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports