Poulter ready to pounce

01 October 2017 04:32:51 EST

Ian Poulter is only one stroke behind Robert Karlsson after three rounds of the British Masters at Close House Golf Club.

Karlsson has not won a tournament on the European Tour since 2010 but is at the top of the leaderboard after firing a 67 on Saturday.

However, Poulter, Graeme Storm, Tyrrell Hatton, Paul Dunne and Richie Ramsay are all just one shot back, while Rory McIlroy is two strokes behind the Swede.

McIlroy fired a 64 to move to ten-under alongside George Coetzee, Chris Hanson, David Lingmerth and Shane Lowry.

"Every time you play well, every time you're up in contention at tournaments, it's what we all practise for and what we all play for," said Karlsson afterwards.

"It's fantastic to play here. It's a great crowd and I'm very, very happy to be in the last group. It's a long time since I was there.

"I didn't hit the ball very good so I put myself in a lot of trouble. But I managed to keep it together very nicely and I'm very proud of the way I scored in the end. So it was good."

Lee Westwood, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Chris Wood and Lucas Bjerregaard are all on nine-under but McIlroy is 20/1 to win the British Masters outright while Poulter can be backed at 1000/1.

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