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By : BGA Proshop
What a weird 2 weeks it has been for Ian Poulter the 2018 Houston Open winner.
Let us take you back to the Dell Technologies World Match Play tournament. Poulter was cruising through the match play rounds, winning all four of his matches and reaching the quarter finals when he was informed by "people and the press" that he had made it into the field for The Masters starting Thursday this week. Poulter needed to get into the top 50 in the world and thought he had done that. Just 10 minutes before he was about to tee off against Kevin Kisner, who went on to reach the finals, he was informed that he needed to win the quarter finals match before he actually qualified. Poulter was beaten 8 & 6 in the quarters sending him out of the tournament and The Masters.
"I should never listen to other people." Poulter said in an interview after. "It's no excuse but it's disappointing to be given the wrong information."
He also went on to say "I'm tired, it's been a long, draining week," he said. "I'll wait until Monday night and if I haven't got the energy I won't play in Houston." So that was Monday the 26th of March but this was his final chance to qualify for The Masters.
Poulter did end up teeing it up in Houston but opened with a 73. With some low scoring the opening round he was dejected and disappointed so he packed up his bags that night ready to fly out to Florida after his round on Friday. Instead, the next day he went out to shoot a 64 to make the cut and stay in the tournament. He backed up his 64 with a 65 on Saturday, 67 on Sunday and had to drain a 20 foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Beau Hossler and keep his Masters dream alive as well as winning the Houston Open.
In the end Poulter won on the first playoff hole securing his third PGA Tour win and first stroke play win in America.
"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," Poulter said.
"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."
This was his first victory since the HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championship event at Mission Hills in China in 2012.