Ian Poulter shares lead in Houston Open, keeps Masters hopes alive

Ian Poulter shares lead in Houston Open, keeps Masters hopes alive

Ian Poulter shares lead in Houston Open, keeps Masters hopes alive

No-one has come from that far back to win a PGA Tour event in the last 35 years - until now!

"To come here this week, I was exhausted, I was frustrated", said Poulter, who packed his bags after shooting 1 over on Thursday, assuming he would miss the cut.

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

Hossler's quest for his first PGA title ended in disaster after finding bunkers with his first two shots when replaying the 18th.

Ian Poulter pulled off a dramatic playoff win over Beau Hossler at the Houston Open on Sunday to secure a place at this weeks Masters.

With Poulter's putt on a similar line from just inside 20 feet, Hossler knew he was going to extra holes.

On the first playoff hole, Hossler blew his tee shot into the fairway bunker for the second straight time and then proceeded to fan his approach into the greenside bunker. "A mental switch. I was patient, I waited my time, and this is awesome".

"It is unbelievable, to get this done today to get me to Augusta is fantastic", Poulter told Sky Sports. For the week, Mitchell totaled 22 birdies against six bogeys and a double, and ranked 1st in driving distance at 310.3 yards. Poulter, known for his clutch putting in several Ryder Cups, then poured in his birdie putt to force the playoff.

The Englishman followed up his superb 64 from a day earlier with a second successive blemish-free round, as he drained seven birdies to move to the top of the leaderboard alongside Hossler shot (69).

Jennifer Song dropped out with a par on the third playoff hole, and Park and Lindberg made a decision to take one more trip down the par-5 18th in fading light. "I thought Beau hit a good putt, I thought he holed it".

"I said yesterday I wanted to beat [Ian] at his best and I saw it today", Hossler said.

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

Three-time major champion Jordan Spieth finished tied for third after posting a 6-under-par score of 66 on Sunday - going 16-under-par for the tournament. "I'm super excited. It's been a rollercoaster the last couple of years to be honest, to be down where I was has been tough". He went on to win at Augusta that year.

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