Sunday's golf roundup: Poulter wins Houston Open, qualifies for Masters

Sunday's golf roundup: Poulter wins Houston Open, qualifies for Masters

Poulter was staring defeat in the face at the Houston Open, as he stood over a death or glory twenty footer on the 72nd hole, trailing playing partner Beau Hossler by a shot.

The world No 4, without a worldwide victory since claiming the Open Championship, posted a five-under 67 to get to nine under and stay in touch with midway pacesetter Beau Hossler.

Poulter was safely on the green as Hossler took his penalty drop, chipped onto the green and took two putts for a triple bogey.

Both men played reasonable drives at the first extra hole but Hossler sent his second into the bunker before mishitting his third shot into the water, effectively leaving Poulter with three putts to win.

The Englishman had carded scores of 64 and 65 in his previous two rounds and he maintained his fine form as he made a flying start with birdies at the second, fourth and sixth to open up a three-shot cushion. His leaderboard recovery from Friday was statistically the best on the PGA Tour in 35 years. Only 12 of the past 1,403 winners on the PGA Tour dating back to 1983 were 100th or worse after the first round.

"Last week was painful", Poulter said.

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"I guess I should never listen to other people", Poulter said. I haven't won a strokeplay event in the United States before and to do it this week is unbelievable. Poulter, a five-times European team member, said his win would tell captain Thomas Bjorn: "Hey, I'm here, my game is in good shape".

With just one place up for grabs, only victory at the Golf Club of Houston would have been enough for the Englishman to earn his right to play in the season's first major after narrowly missing out through his world rankings position and a mix-up during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play last week.

Jordan Spieth finished joint third place on 16 under after a final round 66. However, a 49-hole streak without a bogey was snapped on the ninth hole, and Hossler, Spieth and Grillo climbed to within one shot of Poulter's lead.

Both players parred Nos.

It must be a Ryder Cup year! "Unfortunately, he came out on top this time, but I feel good about my chances moving forward and I feel good that I can contend when it's important".