How fast can a three-shot deficit (or lead) get wiped out on the PGA Tour? Faster than you can say "birdie, double-bogey."
Ian Poulter was seemingly in cruise control early in Sunday's final round at PGA National, while Patrick Reed -- three shots back -- was struggling just to stay in contention.
But on the par-3 fifth hole, the unthinkable happened for Poulter:
Then Reed followed shortly thereafter with this clutch birdie putt from off the green:
When Poulter two-putted after taking a drop, suddenly the two were tied.
Three holes earlier, Reed was faced with an awkward shot in a muddy lie, but pulled off a perfect recovery, splitting two palm trees and winding up on the green, a shot that allowed him to salvage par and stay within striking distance of the leader.
Poulter promptly dumped his tee shot on the sixth hole in the water -- this time with a hook. He had to settle for bogey and trailed Reed by one stroke, giving up four shots over a two-hole span.
However, Reed returned the favor on No. 7 when he missed a short par putt and Poulter drained his birdie putt -- a two-shot swing in the other direction.
And when the horn sounded suspending play because of darkness, Poulter was back on top -- although tied now with Paul Casey -- with Reed one shot back, setting up what should be a whale of a final 11 holes Monday morning at PGA National.