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Video: Poulter Roars Back To Win Houston Open, Secure Masters Invite

Ian Poulter did it. The 41-year old Englishman exited Austin, Texas in an angry mood after a mix-up on his qualification status for the Masters during the Dell Match Play.

Ian Poulter
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His last chance for a ticket to Augusta was down to win at the Houston Open – a tall order for someone who had never won a PGA Tour stroke event.

And after opening the Houston Open with a 73, Poulter’s Masters chances seemed to be on life support. He even started packing his bags for a trip home to Orlando.

But Poulter came roaring back with three rounds of 64, 65, and 67, capped off by a birdie putt on the 72nd hole to reach 19-under par and force a playoff with young Beau Hossler.

Poulter easily won the sudden-death playoff as Hossler made a mess of No. 18, producing a triple bogey.

The win earned Poulter an invite to Augusta, and all kinds of perks.

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Jeff Smith

Jeff is a writer and content producer for Pro Golf Weekly. He is working on a book, documenting the 2017 and 2018 seasons on the major golf tours.

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