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Ian Poulter, with caddie Terry Mundy, is pleased with his long game so far this week. (Franklin/Getty Images)

Poulter fumes at length of the par 3s at Oakland Hills

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Ian Poulter hit the halfway mark at a respectable 5 over Friday, but was felt like the pars 3s were so long that he had little chance to make birdies. Still, he likes the way he's driving and hitting his irons.

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (PA) - Ian Poulter used some colorful language after battling his way to a 71 on Day 2 of the PGA Championship.

That left him on 5 over par, which actually became a better score as the day wore on with conditions on the course worsening throughout the afternoon.

Poulter, second in last month's Open Championship, was upset by the course setup and three particularly long par-3 holes of 198, 238 and 257 yards.

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"I drove it a little better and had more shots from the fairway, which makes it a little easier, but you are just trying not to bleed to death out there," the Englishman said. "I wish I was a couple better yesterday. I putted really well today with two putts for distance, so it is okay.

"But it is just frustrating when you stand on par threes and you are hitting 5-iron and aiming for a greenside bunker because you know that is the only way you can make par," he added. " I am very disappointed we are having to do that on such a great golf course just because of the infatuation of having to put 30 yards on par 3s when they think we are hitting irons 30 yards past where we used to.

"We might hit our drives 30 yards further, but we are certainly not hitting our irons, so why should we be aiming for bunkers to try and make par?" he said. "That personally is not right."

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