Houston Open: Ian Poulter' s triumph clinches a place at the Masters

Ian Poulter

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-19 I Poulter (Eng) wins after play-off , B Hossler (US); -16 M Spieth (US), E Grillo (Arg); -15 S Ryder (US); -14 H Stenson (Swe), K Mitchell (US)
Chosen others: -13 P Dunne (Ire); -12 T Lowry (Ire); -10 P Mickelson (US); -8 R Fowler (US); -7 J Went up (Eng); -2 E Els (SA) -1 D Westwood (Eng)
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Ian Poulter secured a place at the Masters following a dramatic play-off victory over Sweetheart Hossler at the Houston Open within Texas.

The 42-year-old Englishman had forced a sudden dying play-off after he sunk an extensive birdie putt at the 18th to complete at 19 under alongside Hossler.

The pair replayed the par-four final hole plus American Hossler, 23, chipped from a bunker into the water.

Poulter then kept his cool plus two-putted for par to secure success.

The event was Poulter’s last remaining chance to qualify for the particular tournament in Augusta which begins on Thursday.

This morning he was told he had currently qualified for the Masters having achieved the final eight at the World Golf Competition Match Play.

However , he was then well informed 10 minutes before his quarter-final suit against Kevin Kisner that he in fact needed to reach the semi-finals in order to earn his Masters place — and he subsequently lost 8& six to the American.

“Last week was painful. To come right here this week I was tired and discouraged. I had packed my bags in order to leave on Friday night, together a mental switch, ” Poulter said.

“I has been patient, I waited my period and this is amazing. I don’t have won a strokeplay event in the usa before and to do it this week is definitely amazing.

“This you are for my wife Katie. The last few yrs have been tough, I’ve been injured plus there’s been stuff going on and she actually is the reason why I’m here. ”


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