After a tough weekend at the WGC Match Play, Ian Poulter bounced back in style in Houston, clinching his third PGA Tour victory and securing his place at the Masters...
Tied in 123rd position after the first round of the Houston Open on Thursday, Ian Poulter crowned a stunning comeback performance on Sunday night, seeing off Beau Hossler in a playoff of the par four final hole at the Golf Club of Houston.
The Englishman was matched at 1000.0 on the Betfair Exchange after shooting a first round score of 73 but went on to hit a 64 and 65 on Friday and Saturday to go into Sunday with a place at the Masters, and his third PGA Tour victory, on the line.
Poulter fought off the charge of Jordan Spieth - who seems to have re-discovered his putter - and the 23-year-old Hossler to finish -5 for the day, forcing a playoff with a 20ft putt on the 18th. Hossler has certainly marked himself out as a man to follow this year, racking up top ten finishes at the Sanderson Farms, Shriners and now Houston Open.
This was all about Poulter though and with his 'Miracle of Medinah' putter back in the bag, he'll be aiming for another strong performance at Augusta this week.
He's currently 75.074/1 to go back-to-back and win his first major tournament and 5.69/2 to finish the weekend in the top ten.
Beyond the Masters, this victory in Houston will be welcome news to Ryder Cup European captain Thomas Bjorn who will look to Poulter for a similar performance in Paris this September.