Poulter beats Hossler in Houston playoff to take final Masters spot
HOUSTON – Reuters
The Briton parred the first extra hole to outlast American Hossler after the pair had shot matching 67s to finish regulation on 19-under-par 269 at Golf Club of Houston in Texas.
Using the same putter he wielded so effectively to lead Europe to victory in the 2012 Ryder Cup, Poulter sank a 20-foot birdie putt at the last hole to force the playoff.
He punched his chest with his right fist five times in excitement after the putt dropped in, a minute after Hossler had grazed the hole with a birdie attempt of his own that would have clinched victory.
Hossler then handed the win to Poulter in the playoff when his third shot from a bunker flew over the green and into a water hazard.
Poulter arrived in Houston needing a win to qualify for the Masters after missing out by a whisker when he found himself 51st in the world rankings last week.
The top 50 at the cutoff last week earned exemption to Augusta.
“I haven’t won a stroke play event in the States, so to do it this week, after the disappointment of last week, to know I’m going to Augusta, to do it in true fashion is amazing,” the 42-year-old Englishman told NBC.
Poulter’s victory was his third on the PGA Tour, with his previous two both coming at World Golf Championships events -- the 2010 Match Play and the 2012 HSBC Champions in Shenzhen.