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Ian Poulter tied for the lead at Houston Open

04 April, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Rachael Silva
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He went with the same Odyssey #7 that he used to help inspire Europe's stunning comeback at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.

Both men played reasonable drives at the first extra hole but Hossler sent his second into the bunker before mishitting his third shot into the water, effectively leaving Poulter with three putts to win.

Another great approach at the sixth yielded another birdie for Poulter to move three clear at 17-under par, before picking up another shot at the eighth, but he maintained his advantage at the top of the leaderboard following a Hossler gain at the same hole.

In other news from the tournament, Jordan Spieth is back in form, as he finished third, with a final day round of 66. Poulter pounded his chest five times when the putt dropped, and all Hossler could do was smile.

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.

Poulter was tied for 123rd after the first round but shot 64, 65 and 67 over the final three rounds for the victory.


The event was Poulter's last remaining chance to qualify for the tournament in Augusta which starts on Thursday. "I thought Beau hit a good putt, I thought he holed it".

Spieth, a native of Dallas, Texas, played at Texas from 2011-2012 before going pro.

The win was his first in six years but Poulter is now fully focused on getting back to his best and earning a place at the Ryder Cup. "I had to dig deep today, just rolled it in at the right time".

"This one's for Katie, my wife", Poulter said. There's been stuff going on, and you know what?

However, Hossler surged ahead with his birdie frenzy from the 12th to move to 19-under par, as Poulter also missed the chance to pick up a shot at the 13th, and looked on course for his maiden PGA Tour crown until the Englishman's last hole and play-off heroics. The last time he shot a 67 in his final round before the Masters was in 2006.

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