The Houston Open was billed as a last chance for players to earn a place at The Masters and Ian Poulter grabbed it in dramatic fashion, beating Beau Hossler in a sudden death play-off to take the title in Texas. It came just a week after the Englishman had been wrongly informed that he had booked his ticket to Augusta after reaching the quarter-finals of the Dell Technologies World Match Play event, before he crashed to defeat to Kevin Kisner and learned of the miscalculation.
His win in Texas was all the more remarkable for the fact that Poulter, an 80/1 shot, shared 123rd place after opening with a one-over par score of 73 on Thursday, before rounds of 64, 65 and 67 took him to 19-under and a tie for the lead with Hossler. He even had the comfort of a four-shot lead at one stage, but after Poulter made a bogey at the ninth, Hossler birdied four successive holes on the back nine leaving his opponent needing to hole a 19-foot birdie putt at the last to force a play-off. The American found a bunker and then water at the first extra hole, handing Poulter his first stroke-play success in the United States. As he heads to Georgia, Poulter is a 66/1 chance for The Masters with Betfred.
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