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Poulter can make mark in Phoenix Open second round

Ryder Cup hero Ian can see off Holmes and English

Ian Poulter should revel in the atmosphere at Scottsdale
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Day Two, Sky Sports Golf, 8pm Friday

Ian Poulter has been a key component of several European Ryder Cup teams but individual success has been far from constant and he has not claimed a title since 2011.

However, the man from Woburn looks to have found some consistent form and there is a decent chance he can win his second-round threeball at the Phoenix Open (7.49pm GMT).

Poulter began his Arizona quest by breaking par and while he does not have a great record at Scottsdale - his best finish in four efforts came with 24th in his first attempt in 2010 and he has missed his last two cut there - he can still build on a solid show.

He recently missed the cut at the Abu Dhabi Championship but that was the first weekend he has had free in his last 21 tournaments and he recovered well to claim a tie for sixth at the Dubai Desert Classic.

The atmosphere at Scottsdale can get rowdy, particularly when the crowd have been drinking late into the afternoon, but the brash Englishman should have enough about him to revel in such conditions.

It could be that his indifferent course form is the reason he is the outsider against Americans JB Holmes and Harris English.

Holmes has won the Phoenix Open twice and headed into this week's tournament having claimed fourth spot at last week's Farmers Insurance Open, but he went off the boil in the second half of his opening round and posted a disappointing 73.

He may not be able to make an immediate recovery, while English, who has claimed top-15 finishes in his last two tournaments and finished third at Scottsdale two years ago, still needs to convince.

English's recent form has come out of the blue as 50th was his best performance in the ten tournaments that preceded his recovery and he probably needs to gain greater consistency before he becomes a betting proposition in such company.

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