Ian Poulter uses hot start to finish tied for third at PGA Championship

Ian Poulter is making a serious charge on Sunday at Kiawah. (Getty Images)

Every young golfer has spent time on a putting green hoping that this putt was for the Masters or that putt was for the U.S. Open, seeing the ball go in the hole and mimicking what it would feel like to peak at the exact moment you need it. But even then, kids probably never imagine doing what Ian Poulter did to start his final round at the PGA Championship.

Poulter made a nice birdie on his first hole on Sunday at Kiawah Island, and followed that up with a birdie on the second, a relatively easy par-5 that a lot of players have been attacking. No worries after that, when Poulter carded a birdie on the short par-4 third, but that is when things started to get a little silly.

Poulter made a three on the par-4 fourth, and then stuffed it on the par-3 fifth, rolling that in for his fifth straight birdie. 

He couldn't convert a birdie putt on the sixth (even though he it a good putt), but the Englishman was able to find the par-5 7th green in two and made birdie there as well, going 6-under on his first seven holes.

While Ian might not be on a short list of guys you'd expect to contend this week at Kiawah Island, he has been having a sneaky good year in majors, with two top-nine finishes at both the Masters and the British Open.

Poulter's hot play didn't continue but it did help him to finish tied for third at Kiawah Island. 

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