Poulter Prevails In Houston

Beau Hossler

HUMBLE, Texas (AP) _ Ian Poulter made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff and won the Houston Open on the first extra hole with a par to earn the last spot in the Masters.

Lee believes the form Poulter has shown of late means he has a chance this week to come out on top. "Last week was painful, and to come here this week, I was exhausted, I was frustrated on Thursday, I didn't play my best stuff", Poulter said.

The improbable win has given Poulter the final spot in the Masters field that he thought he already had last week. But it's not the first time I've gone through some roller-coasters.

"It's not very good for your mental strength, but to reassess, to reform the team, Paul Dunkley, my agent, has done an incredible job. simplifying my life to get me back on track".

With just one place up for grabs, only victory at the Golf Club of Houston was going to be enough for the Englishman to earn his right to play in the season's first major after narrowly missing out through his world rankings position and a mix-up during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play last week.

Poulter, 42, had been three shots clear of his 23-year-old rival standing on the 11th tee but then found himself one behind when Hossler birdied four holes in succession from the 11th to move one shot clear at 19 under.

Hossler then handed Poulter his first victory since 2012 in finding a fairway bunker with his drive and then sending his second into the water, eventually taking a triple-bogey seven to Poulter's victory par. Later, he was told he needed to win one more match play game in order to earn a birth in the Masters field.



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