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Saturday, March 31st, 2018

NOTABLE QUOTES: HOUSTON OPEN, SAT. 3RD ROUND ON NBC – POULTER, HOSSLER TIED FOR LEAD AT 14-UNDER

NBC Sports Notable Quotes
Houston Open
Third Round, Saturday, March 31
Golf Club of Houston
Humble, Texas

**Final round coverage of the Houston Open airs Sunday on Golf Channel at 2 p.m. ET and continues on NBC at 3 p.m. ET.

On Ian Poulter, co-leader at 14-under par (7-under 65 on Saturday)
Curt Byrum – It has been a while since we have called Ian Poulter’s at the top of a leaderboard, but that is exactly where he is, trying to win and get himself in next week at Augusta National.”
Johnny Miller – Last two days he has been putting the ball better than anyone, and he is hitting the ball great. A 1-2 punch.”
Notah Begay – “He has been so rock solid. He’s been hitting fairways, hitting greens and his iron play has been spot on.”
Dan Hicks – “When he gets his confidence going with his putter, no one has more of it than Poulter.”

Ian Poulter speaking with NBC’s Steve Burkowski following his round
Ian Poulter – “I had to pack my suitcase because potentially I was flying home on Friday, and you never like to do that. I was frustrated with, not really my play on Thursday, but the result. It wasn’t good. So, a bit patient. Opened my shoulders a little bit on my putting stroke. Started to visually see the right line and just started to roll a few putts in. Continued that obviously into today. Feels good. So hopefully I can go out there tomorrow and do exactly the same and, who knows.”
Poulter – “It is nice to stand over putts and actually feel and see the line that you really want to start the ball off. It hasn’t really been happening for a while. So to start off with a few putts is great.”

On Beau Hossler, co-leader at 14-under par (3-under 69 on Saturday)
Roger Maltbie – “I have been impressed with his play on the golf course today, it looks like he has been here a million times.”
Johnny Miller – “He is the real deal. The secret when you turn pro is to keep getting a little better all of the time.”

On Rickie Fowler, T17 at 9-under par (1-over 73 on Saturday)
Miller – “He looked really good after that start today. Big numbers really cost him.”
Gary Koch – “1-over par today is not good in these ideal conditions today.”
Hicks – “Birdied three out of the first four holes to take a lead by himself at this tournament and then things have not run smoothly, at all. That is an understatement.”

-NBC Sports Group-