Poulter Forges Ahead at Rain-Soaked Open

Before the rains came in force, England’s Ian Poulter took the field by storm at the Turkish Airlines Open on Friday.

Poulter was 5-under through 14 to drop to 13-under for the tournament, opening up a three-stroke lead on Zimbabwe’s Brendon De Jonge, who is 10-under through 13 holes.

The tournament will restart at 8 a.m. Saturday local, with the conclusion of the second round followed by the start of the third.

Other than bogeying No. 12, which he also did Thursday, Poulter was in top form with six birdies in 13 holes.

The only man playing hotter was the US’ Brooks Koepka, who was 6-under through 15 to drop to 9-under, tied for third. Koepka birdied his first four holes in a row and had nine through 15 holes.

Day One leader Miguel Angel Jimenez came back down to earth and then some, struggling to 1-over through 14 holes to drop into a tie for fifth.  Jimenez shot back to back bogeys on 12 and 13 just before the rains came.

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