Ian Poulter: Struggled to find Friday's form in completeing his second round
Ian Poulter suffered a disappointing finish to his second round after the weather-delayed US Open resumed at Merion in Pennsylvania.
The Ryder Cup hero was just one shot off the lead and facing a birdie putt on the 15th green when play was suspended due to darkness on Friday evening, after four and a quarter hours' play had been lost to bad weather on Thursday.
Poulter was forced to settle for a par when play resumed on Saturday morning and then bogeyed the 16th.
He found a fairway bunker off the tee and failed to get up and down from just short of the green.
Poulter recovered to sink a long putt on the 17th, where his tee shot to the par three had spun back off the front of the green, to help save par there.
He then bogeyed the 18th to complete a second consecutive 71 that leaves him on two over par but Poulter remained upbeat as he continued to keep in touch with the leaders.
"Albeit it was with two bogeys in the last three holes to finish round two but I'm right there," he said.
"I'm right in position and let's look forward to what round three and four have.
"I'm three off the lead in the US Open and that's the difference of one hole. You can make birdie and someone can make double.
"I'm right in position and right there where I want to be. It's going to be a fun weekend."
Poulter sits three shots off the lead held by Phil Mickelson and Billy Horschel, the only two players under par, with Luke Donald, Justin Rose and Steve Stricker a shot further back.