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Ian Poulter had an 'unnerving' encounter with an alligator last night

The Englishman heads into the final round of the RBC Heritage three shots off the lead.

IAN POULTER SURVIVED a close encounter with an alligator at the RBC Heritage last night to move within three shots of leader Jason Dufner.

The Englishman’s stray tee-shot on the 10th found the water and when he went to drop beside the hazard, Poulter had some company lurking beneath.

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After dropping his ball, attempts to get rid of the alligator from the water’s edge were unsuccessful before Webb Simpson’s caddie intervened and chased it away.

“I took a couple of dummy swings and he decided to come in and take a closer look,” he told Sky Sports.

“I wasn’t very comfortable with that. It’s a little unnerving. I didn’t want to put my club in the water because I didn’t want him to take it. One of the other caddies came in and was a bit more aggressive, and he went.”

Poulter went on to double bogey the hole and despite dropping another shot at the next, the 41-year-old — who is playing on a major medical exemption after foot surgery last year — carded a third-round 69.

Poulter has this week and one more start to collect the prize money he needs to secure his playing status for the rest of the season.

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Since returning from  injury in October, Poulter has made eight starts on the PGA tour, making five cuts.

Dufner had two eagles in a six-under par 65 to take a one-shot lead going into the final round in South Carolina.

Dufner eagled both par-fives on the front nine, rolling in an 11-footer at the second and pitching in from off the green at the fifth hole at Harbour Town.


His 13-under par total of 200 put him one in front of Canada’s Graham DeLaet, who lost a share of the lead with a bogey at 18 to cap a 69 for 201.

Dufner also had three bogeys on the front nine, but in addition to his eagles he had five birdies on the day, four of them on a solid back nine.

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry head into the final round on four and three under respectively.

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