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.
One week after Poulter was mistakenly told he had locked up a spot at Augusta National through the world ranking, he left no doubt by winning in clutch fashion over PGA Tour rookie Beau Hossler.
The 42-year-old Poulter closed with a 5-under 67 for his third PGA Tour win and second in the United States.
Ian Poulter hits his third shot on the 13th hole during the third round of the Houston Open golf tournament, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Humble, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Hossler, who also shot 67, ran off four straight birdies on the back nine to take a one-shot lead going to the final hole. In the playoff, his shot from a greenside bunker flew over the green and into the water, and he made triple bogey.
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