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Ian Poulter nearly became first Mr. 59 On European Tour

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Before this season, only three men had broke the 60 mark on the PGA Tour. The sub-60 score is the number in golf, and while five men have now done it in the States, none have done it on the European Tour.

That nearly changed on Friday at the Hong Kong Open, when Ian Poulter shot a 10-under 60 in the second round to take the lead into the weekend, but more importantly, fire the lowest score of his career.

How good was it? Poulter was nine-under with four holes to play, and really though he'd reach that incredible 59 number before making three pars in a row, ending with a birdie.

It was Poulter's lowest score as a pro, and although he did have a chance to get even lower, it just wasn't going to happen.

"I would rank it pretty high to be honest," Poulter said. "I hit 61 in Italy in 2002 I think, so it’s my lowest round of golf to date, so I would have to rate it up there. I had a lot of chances today and I could have holed a couple more but it’s a good round of golf."

You'd think rounds of 67-60 would have him well ahead of the field, but the Hong Kong Golf Club seems to be yielding low scores. On Thursday, Mark Brown opened with 62, and while Poulter was putting the finishing touches on that 60, Anthony Kang was making his way around in 61 shots.

How could the Poulter round been better? If he had made a putt of this length, like he did last week at Singapore.

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