Eddie Pepperell's withdrawal with a back injury earlier in the week meant that the field was left with an odd number at the eighth Rolex Series event of the season and at six over after three rounds, Poulter was the odd man out on Sunday morning.
After literally running off the first tee at 7.00am, he was back in the clubhouse before 09.30, carding a 69 with five birdies and two bogeys.
“I'm lying last, it's just a carefree day,” he said. “It didn't matter where I finished in relative terms, I could have shot seven under and moved forward six or seven places.
“It's just quite enjoyable to get out there and get it done and get back in for breakfast.
That was a nice swift round.. You can see the time sheet we finished in 2 hours 22 minutes which was 92 quicker than the allowed time.. 😂😂😂 Shot 3 under par. @terrymundy little legs were ok.. well done Telpot.. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 @EuropeanTour @dpworld pic.twitter.com/yVjF0kSpz0— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) November 18, 2018
“I made a couple of birdies. I made Terry forward caddie on a couple of holes so I took the putter to the green and allowed him to go to the next fairway and we played at a decent pace.
“I'm a quick player, I don't like slow play, so today was quite refreshing to get out there and get it done.”