Ian Poulter (Getty Images)
Ian Poulter was placed to claim third place at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship as he took an early lead against Jason Day.
The Englishman, who began the day with hopes of becoming the first European to win a third World Golf Championships title and only the second in history after Tiger Woods to take back-to-back WGCs, recovered well from his semi-final defeat to Hunter Mahan.
The 37 year old took the first as an out-of-sorts Day conceded after finding trouble in the desert scrub.
The Australian did well to salvage halves with pars at the next two holes, but another bogey at the fourth put Poulter two up.
Poulter’s performance had already confirmed a return to the top ten of the Official World Golf Ranking after a 25-month absence, regardless of what happened against day.
There was the small matter of €83,346 difference in prize money between third and fourth to play for, however.