Poulter battles illness to hold Masters golf lead

England’s Ian Poulter held onto a two-stroke lead heading into the third round of today’s Australian Masters at the Victoria Golf Club, despite battling a potential foodborne illness.

"I woke up this morning and wasn’t feeling too good. I don’t know if it was something I ate. I was struggling out there this morning even before I got to the range. I would have taken 68 before I set off today. I just got a bug and hopefully I’m through it so I can come out strong tomorrow."

Nothing says pageantry and grace better than a pro golfer spewing on one of those plush greens on national TV. It reminds me – not the pro gofler part — of Chapman and Naylor at a long-ago golf trip when an improbable hole-in-one led to a seemingly endless bar tab that had to be consumed that night. Those boys felt the effects the next morning. On the plush terrace of the first tee.