sport news Poulter claims his first US strokeplay title and Masters spot

What a way to earn the last spot into the field at the Masters.

Take a bow, Ian Poulter. Trailing his exciting young playing partner Beau Hossler by one shot on the 18th hole at the end of a classic duel at the Houston Open yesterday, Mr Ryder Cup showed up.

Facing an all or nothing 20ft putt to force extra holes, Poulter rolled in the putt in scarcely believable and beat his chest like he did at Medinah in 2012.

Ian Poulter beat Beau Hossler in playoff to win Houston Open and claim final Masters invite

Ian Poulter beat Beau Hossler in playoff to win Houston Open and claim final Masters invite

In a way it was a shame that either player missed out on all the perks but Hossler's time will undoubtedly come again.

For 42 year old Poulter this was quite simply a passport back into the big time.

Not only the Masters, but this will get him into every other big event this summer. Mark him down for a return to the Ryder Cup right now.

When they went to the first extra hole, it was almost inevitable that Poulter would win. Shattered by that birdie putt from

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