Ian Poulter admits that his victory in the Houston Open has helped him release the shackles and start attacking pins at the RBC Heritage.

Ian Poulter believes he is playing with more freedom following his victory a fortnight ago after moving in to contention at the RBC Heritage (Poulter 13/2 RBC Heritage Outright).

The Englishman has recently got in to his stride, winning the Houston Open via a play-off to book his place in the Masters, where he finished tied for 44th.

The 42-year-old appears on course for another good result at Harbour Town this weekend after moving to within one shot of the lead at the RBC Heritage on Friday.

Poulter took full advantage of favourable conditions early on in the day to card a seven-under 64.

The Ryder Cup star now sits in a share of second, alongside Kim Si-woo of South Korea, with American Bryson DeChambeau currently at the head of the field on 10-under (DeChambeau 18/5 RBC Heritage Outright).

Poulter admits he is in a good place mentally right now, claiming his win at the Houston Open has erased a lot of doubts from his mind.

“The win helps a lot,” he told the PGA Tour website. “I can free myself up in my mind. I can start attacking pins and just play free golf. And when you’re in that position, sometimes the game feels easy when sometimes it isn’t.”

One shot back on Poulter is 2011 champion Brandt Snedeker after he carded a 64 to jump in to a share of fourth, alongside Luke List, Chesson Hadley and overnight leader Rory Sabbatini.

World No.1 Dustin Johnson is six shots off the pace but will be happy just to be playing this weekend having missed the cut on his three previous appearances at Harbour Town.

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