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Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter was pleased with the shots he hit into most of the greens on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Thursday was just 'one of those days' for philosophical Poulter

Ian Poulter was cheered by hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation Thursday, but could only keep a stiff upper lip after he managed only a 71 because he just couldn't get the putter working properly.

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (PA) -- England's Ian Poulter was left to rue a number of missed opportunities Thursday as he carded a 1-under-par 71 in the British Open.

There was not much wrong with the 34-year-old's game as he hit 17 of 18 putting surfaces in regulation, but he couldn’t find a way of getting the ball to drop into the hole. However, he was philosophical afterward, insisting there was not much else he could do to change the way he is playing.

"The golf course was as easy as it's ever going to get and I didn't take advantage despite playing great," he said. "I hit a lot of good shots into six, eight, 10, 15 and 20 feet and I didn't have my time on the greens so I was a little unfortunate.

"Some days you hole putts and shoot 9 under par and some days you make a couple of three-putts, roll a couple in and shoot 1 under par and that was my round today,” he explained. "I'm not going to be disappointed with the way I played. I just didn't hole putts so I can't beat myself up about it."

The Ryder Cup star hoped to get some assistance from the weather later on.

"The wind has picked up and the guys in the afternoon are going to get the rough end of the wind, but it was there for the taking this morning and I didn't take it," added Poulter. "But this is the Open Championship and although I'm eight behind the leader (Rory McIlroy) there are 54 holes of golf to play.

"I've got to make more birdies on Friday and slowly catch up with the pack,” he said. “But my putting does not need any work -- it was one of those days."

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