Ian Poulter beats Hossler in Houston playoff to earn final Masters spot

Justin Rose

Jordan Spieth looks back at highlights from his five-under 67 at the Houston Open.

Ian Poulter has won the Houston Open in dramatic style, with victory on the first playoff hole against 23-year-old American Beau Hossler, and with it his ticket to this year's Masters.

After last week's narrow miss at the Dell Accenture WGC Match Play event, Poulter went into this week's tournament knowing that only victory would do to claim the last spot at Augusta next week.

"I guess I should never listen to other people", Poulter said.

"Not that that's an excuse or any form or factor, it's a little disappointing". It was his first win since the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

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 with a clutch moment reminiscent of his Ryder Cup heroics from Medinah in 2012.

"But it's not the first time I've gone through some roller coasters".

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Poulter got his third win on the PGA Tour, and his first in US since the Match Play in 2010.

"I'm going to have a good day's rest tomorrow, I will not be venturing to Augusta until Tuesday".

"This one's for Katie, my wife", Poulter said.

Beau Hossler birdied the par-4 18th to shoot 69 and match Poulter. "She's been a rock for the last few years, and it's been tough, it's been hard".

Poulter, who held a four-shot lead midway through the final round, trailed by one with three holes remaining after Hossler rattled in four successive birdies from the 12th, but the Englishman holed out a 20-foot birdie putt at the last to extend the tournament. There's been stuff going on, and you know what?

A double bogey at the par-four sixth, a bogey on the 11th and then a triple bogey eight on the par-five 13th saw him fall down the leaderboard to finish tied for 17th on nine under with a 73. Jennifer Song dropped out with a par on the third extra hole, and Park and Lindberg made a decision to play one more hole in fading light. Spieth's 66 was tied with Matt Every and Rob Oppenheim for the second-lowest score of the final round.

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