Ian Poulter secures dramatic win at the Houston Open to seal Masters spot

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Ian Poulter produced a sensational victory at the Houston Open in Texas on Sunday by beating Beau Hossler in a play-off to secure his place at this week's Masters.

It was far from comfortable for Poulter, who had to force a sudden death play-off by sinking in a long birdie putt on the 18th to join Hossler on 19-under.

The Englishman displayed ferocious competitiveness and his experience at the elite level proved to be the difference as the duo replayed the par-4 final hole with Hossler chipping out of a bunker into the water to all-but end his chances.

Poulter kept a pragmatic and calm approach throughout the proceedings and two-putted for par to win the tie.

The win ensured his maiden strokeplay triumph on the PGA Tour with the additional reward being him afforded the 87th and final spot for the Masters scheduled to commence on Thursday.

Poulter hasn't always been the most popular player in America and has so often been a thorn in their side during previous Ryder Cup victories.

So the fact he was about to go up against a young, up and coming American ace made him even less of a fan favourite in Houston.

As he struck his mammoth putt on the final hole of his round to ensure a play-off, certain Poulter haters on Twitter noticed that one fan even shouted 'Get in the water!'

Watch the video below to hear it for yourself:

To most people watching, it would have passed by unnoticed - such was the drama of the putt - but a few people on Twitter did spot it.

No wonder he then celebrated beating his chest to mark one of the finest wins of his pro career.

The 42-year-old already had a turbulent week ahead of the tournament as he was misinformed about his qualification for the Masters after reaching the last right at the World Golf Championships Match Play.

But, ten minutes before his quarter-final match against Kevin Kisner, Poulter was made aware that he actually needed to reach the semi-finals in order to earn the spot, which he eventually lost.

This weekend was his final opportunity to progress and he did not disappoint.

Moments after the win at the Golf Club of Houston, the Brit said: “Last week was painful. To come here this week, I was tired and frustrated. I had packed my bags to leave on Friday night, and had a mental switch.

Houston Open - Final Round

“I was patient, I waited my time and this is amazing. I haven't won a strokeplay event in the United States before and to do it this week is amazing.

“This one is for my wife Katie. The last few years have been tough, I've been injured and there's been stuff going on and she's the reason why I'm here.”

Likely to move into the world’s top 30 after a brilliant weekend, he is now in with a massive chance of making another Ryder Cup appearance in France later this year.

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