With Fanling's Composite Course playing a touch softer than is normally the case for the time of year – combined with the officials' insistence to allow preferred lies during the week, a decision that baffled many Hong Kong Golf Club members – Poulter put on a master class of both ball-striking and putting. His second round 60, which would have been a new course record had it not been for the said lift, clean and place rule in place, was astonishing. The word from the club's terrace, the lounging place for those in the know during the week, was effectively, "The course isn't that easy." They're right – it's not. But give one of the world's best players the ideal conditions for scoring and he'll take advantage. That much is clear.
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