Tyrrell Hatton admits Ian Poulter was the key to England grabbing a share of the lead after the first round of the World Cup of Golf. In the opening round of fourballs, the pair shot a bogey-free 10-under par round of 62 in Melbourne, but Hatton was disappointed with his personal performance.
“It was a frustrating back nine for me,” he told the Golf Channel. “I’m pretty disappointed with that but I’m fortunate to have Ian by my side, he played great today and we’re in a great position with three days to go.”
The English duo are level with Australia’s Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith, as well as South Korean duo Kim Si-woo and An Byeong-hun as the two-man teams prepare for the foursomes in Friday’s second round.
Hatton and Poulter are aiming to win a third title in the event for England and first since Paul Casey and Luke Donald won the 2004 tournament, which was held in Spain. “You can’t make bogeys in this format and be happy,” said Poulter.
“It’s about attacking the golf course and making as many birdies as you can.” “This tournament’s won and lost on Friday and Sunday. Foursomes is the day where you can take yourself out of the tournament pretty quickly.”