Poulter Earns Masters Birth with Houston Open Win PDF Print E-mail



Ian Poulter punched his ticket to Magnolia Lane with his win in Houston

Humble, Texas - Everybody knew the scenerio coming into the week,

Ian Poulter needed a win to get into the Masters. Having never won a

stroke play event in the states, it seemed like a longshot for Poulter to

get to Magnolia Lane. In fact, early in the week at the Golf Club of

Houston, the Englishman decided he needed a putter change to jump-

start his game. He summoned up the services of an old reliable flatstick

that served him well at the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah. When asked

about the putter (an Odyssey #7), he simply said "I just know I can't

blame this putter, it has gotten the job done so many times before."


Standing on the 72nd hole facing a must make 20 foot birdie putt to

stay alive (and force a playoff with Beau Hossler), he summoned up

the magic with his old blade once again. As the ball dropped, Poulter

pounded his chest in celebration (as if to show the world how much

heart he has). Both Players finished tied at -19 at the end of regulation.


Ian Poulter celebrates after nailing the must make putt to tie in regulation.



In the playoff, Hossler drove into the right fairway bunker while Poulter

was safely in the first cut. Hossler blocked his approach into the right

greenside bunker, and Poulter reached the green safely some 30 feet

away. Beau Hossler flew his sand shot over the green into the water

hazard - and it was over just like that. Poulter two putted and shouted

in exaltation as the winner of the Houston Open. It was his first victory

since the 2012 HSBC Champions, and his first in the U.S since the 2010

Match Play at Dove Mountain.


After starting Thursday with a 73, Poulter was packed to head home to

Orlando on Friday. After a bounce back 64 in round 2, the desperate

42 year old shot 65 -67 to get the job done - realizing suddenly that he

had just accomplished the unthinkable. "Last week was painful," Poulter

said. "To come here this week, I was tired, I was frustrated on Thursday.

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

Jordan Spieth (66) tied for third with Emiliano Grillo (68) at 16 under par.


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