Ian Poulter pulled off a dramatic playoff win over Beau Hossler at the Houston Open on Sunday to secure a place at this weeks Masters. Poulter, in providing a moment so in tune with his iconic Ryder Cup outings, holed out for a closing birdie to force extra holes.
"Poulter's victory was his third on the PGA Tour, with his previous two both coming at World Golf Championships events - the 2010 Match Play and the 2012 HSBC Champions in Shenzhen".
After slipping to two over par after 13 holes, Poulter played he next 49 holes bogey-free, making 20 birdies and converting a staggering 36 out of 37 putts from inside 15 feet.
Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, Phil Mickelson, Danny Lee, Henrik Stenson, Tony Finau, Ryan Armour, Russell Henley, Jason Dufner, Jason Kokrak, Corey Conners and Justin Rose are among those in the field at the PGA Tour'sHouston Open 2018 this week.
"I said yesterday I wanted to beat these guys at their best and I think I saw Ian's best today".
"It is incredible, to get this done today to get me to Augusta is wonderful", Poulter told Sky Sports. He went with the same Odyssey #7 that he used to help inspire Europe's stunning comeback at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. I gave Ian the flawless read (for him) to make his putt.
Argentinian Grillo bogeyed the last to finish alongside three-time major championship victor Spieth at 16 under, with American Sam Ryder one shot further adrift.
Attempting to generate a lot of spin with his third shot out of the sand, Hossler flew the green and his ball wound up in the water, all but sealing the victory for Poulter, who could have taken four putts from 33 feet to win the tournament.
Poulter followed an opening-round 73 that had him packing his bags in anticipation of a missed cut with rounds of 64 and 65 to reach 14-under 202 at the Golf Club of Houston.
The event was Poulter's last remaining chance to qualify for the tournament in Augusta which starts on Thursday. "I packed my bags to leave on Friday". "To come here this week, I was exhausted, frustrated on Thursday". That's as low as I've ever been, that's as far down the world rankings as I've been, questioning whether you've got a Tour card or not - it isn't very good.