Ian Poulter beats Hossler in Houston playoff to earn final Masters spot

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Hossler's week in Houston shouldn't be remembered by his triple on the lone playoff hole, but rather the fact that he ranked second among the field in SG: Off-the-Tee, fourth in SG: Putting and third in scrambling.

"To come here this week, I was exhausted, I was frustrated", said Poulter, who packed his bags after shooting 1 over on Thursday, assuming he would miss the cut.

The victory is Poulter's first since November 2012, his maiden PGA Tour strokeplay success and secures him the final invitation for the first major of the year at Augusta National.

Former Open champion Henrik Stenson lies a shot further back along with five others.

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Beau Hossler came up short in his quest to win his first PGA TOUR title but left the Golf Club of Houston feeling upbeat about where his game is headed after playing in another final group.

Hossler then handed the win to Poulter in the playoff when his third shot from a bunker flew over the green and into a water hazard. I had packed my bags to leave on Friday night, and had a mental switch. "To do it this week, after the disappointment of last week, to know I'm going to Augusta, to do it in true fashion, is wonderful".

He punched his chest in excitement after his putt dropped in, a minute after Hossler's ball had grazed the hole with the American's own birdie attempt that would have clinched victory at the par-four 18th.

Hossler then took centre stage as four successive birdies gave him that one shot advantage heading to the 18th - only to learn that Poulter has never gone quietly in his life.

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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.

In other news from the tournament, Jordan Spieth is back in form, as he finished third, with a final day round of 66. "I thought Beau hit a good putt, I thought he holed it. I'm super excited. It's been a rollercoaster the last couple of years to be honest, to be down where I was has been tough".

"The win doesn't just mean getting to Augusta".

"I'm going to have a good day's rest tomorrow, I will not be venturing to Augusta until Tuesday".

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