Ian Poulter MISSES BALL en route to quadruple-bogey

Poulters Nightmare

It might be a more benign set-up than we've been accustomed to for the US Open but that doesn't mean Pebble Beach is playing easy. 

Just ask Ian Poulter. 

The Englishman came a cropper on the third hole, his 12th, racking up an ugly QUADRUPLE-BOGEY eight after getting into a spot of bother on one of the bunker edges.

Poulter, 43, found a fairway bunker off the tee and, from there, could only advance the ball into the high grass on top of the front greenside bunker, leaving him with a near impossible stance.

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That's what the 'fun' really began. This was his first attempt...

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. He failed to connect with the ball.

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Take two wasn't much better...

Ouch!

It's not completely clear what happened next but it appears that he hit his next shot - his fifth - through the green, knocked the return past the hole, and then two-putted for an eight.

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Poulter rallied after that disaster, playing his final six holes in two-under but, on four-under for the championship, his challenge ended after just 36 holes. 

Still, at least he was able to keep it all in perspective...

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