Ian Poulter clinches Masters place with dramatic play-off win at Houston Open

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• Poulter edges out Beau Hossler in sudden-death play-off
• ‘It’s going to take a little while to sink in. I’m super excited’

There must now be a clear and present danger of the Masters proving anticlimactic. Ian Poulter, a player utterly dejected when sharing 123rd place after the opening round of the Houston Open, a player wrongly informed he had qualified for the Masters before falling to a heavy defeat at the WGC Match Play and a player who needed to convert a birdie putt from 19ft to prolong that Augusta dream, is a winner once again. The circumstances of Poulter’s triumph belied sceptical theories about golf’s lack of appeal.

Poulter strode to victory in Houston, at the first play-off hole against the earlier inspired Beau Hossler, in a manner that summed up his ferociously competitive attitude. This marked his maiden strokeplay success on the PGA Tour. The additional prize is so crucial: Poulter will be afforded the 87th and final Masters spot.

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