Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Demure Puolter Dresses Down

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Demure Puolter Dresses Down

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Ian Poulter was more tastefully dressed for the second round of the Open today ( although his trousers could soon be hidden from view anyway.

Poulter carded a first-round 71 wearing a garish pair of Union Jack trousers which had viewers flooding the Royal and Ancient switchboard with complaints.

The 28-year-old was unrepentant and promised a succession of similar outfits for the rest of the week, but was more demure in white plus-fours and black and white diamond-patterned socks this morning.

Waterproof trousers might have been more appropriate, however, with rain threatening, and Poulter was certainly off to a drab start with bogeys at the second and fifth dropping him back to two over par and outside the early cut mark.

Meanwhile, New Zealand's Michael Campbell today wasted no time in moving into a share of the lead in the early stages of the second round.

Campbell, beaten to the Scottish Open title by France's Thomas Levet on Sunday, holed from 18ft for a birdie on the opening hole to join Levet and England's Paul Casey at the top of the leaderboard on five under par.

Playing partner Stuart Wilson, leading the battle for the silver medal awarded to the leading amateur after a superb opening 68, parred the first to remain three under.

Conditions for the early starters were not as good as yesterday although the freshening wind was now blowing in its more customary direction, making the front nine easier but the back nine a considerably tougher proposition into the wind.

Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke was already on the course as he looked to build on an opening two-under-par 69 which was marred by a double bogey on the 18th when he put his approach over the green and out of bounds.

Clarke used the wind to drive into a greenside bunker at the 370-yard opening hole but found an awkward lie and had to play away from the flag, two-putting from 30ft for par. …

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