The Associated Press
HUMBLE, Tex.–Ian Poulter made a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff and won the Houston Open on the first extra hole with a par to earn the last spot in the Masters.
One week after Poulter mistakenly was told he had locked up a spot at Augusta National through the world ranking, he left no doubt by winning in clutch fashion over PGA Tour rookie Beau Hossler.
The 42-year-old Poulter closed with a five-under 67 yesterday for his third PGA Tour win and second in the United States.
Hossler, who also shot 67, ran off four-straight birdies on the back nine to take a one-shot lead going to the final hole.
In the playoff, his shot from a greenside bunker flew over the green and into the water, and he made triple bogey.