Ian Poulter wins Houston Open play-off to secure Masters place

Ian Poulter wins Houston Open play-off to secure Masters place

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's Houston Open 2018 this week.

"Last week was painful".

Ian Poulter, a player utterly dejected when sharing 123rd place after the opening round of the Houston Open, a player wrongly informed he had qualified for the Masters before falling to a heavy defeat at the WGC Match Play and a player who needed to convert a birdie putt from 19ft to prolong that Augusta dream, is a victor once again.

A group of four players, including Ireland's Paul Dunne, were two shots off the lead.

Former Texas golf product Beau Hossler came achingly short of posting his first career PGA Tour victory on Sunday at the Houston Open, posting a second place finish after falling to Ian Poulter in a sudden death playoff.

On the first playoff hole, Hossler blew his tee shot into the fairway bunker for the second straight time and then proceeded to fan his approach into the greenside bunker.

"I got the best of Ian Poulter today and he got the best of me", said Hossler.

Hossler was coasting along during Sunday's final round until he birdied holes 12-15 to grab a solo lead down the stretch, but Poulter sank a clutch birdie putt on the par-four 18th to force extras and eventually win.

"I was patient, I waited my time and this is awesome".

Poulter had been one over par after 18 Houston holes and prepared to return home before taking to Augusta National in a broadcasting capacity. However, a 49-hole streak without a bogey was snapped on the ninth hole, and Hossler, Spieth and Grillo climbed to within one shot of Poulter's lead. 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 thought Beau hit a good putt, I thought he holed it. The last few years have been tough, I've been injured and there's been stuff going on and she's the reason why I'm here". 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.

"The win doesn't just mean getting to Augusta".