By LG

Written By;

Carl Sengstock

Ian Poulter and Beau Hossler finished 72 holes tied at -19 under par at the Houston Open.

They headed back to the tee on 18 and Poulter teed off first.

It was match play at that point and nobody loves match play more than Ian Poulter. Ian pars 18 and Beau could do no better than a 7.

That gave Ian Poulter his FIRST stroke play win on US soil.

I know it is hard to believe, but Poulter hasn’t won since 2012 and was in danger of losing his PGA tour card last year.

You could see it in his demeanor when he played the RBC Heritage on Hilton Head Island last year.

Thank goodness Brian Gay’s wife figured out that the Tour was accumulating the FedEx Cup points wrong and Brian and Ian weren’t receiving all the points that they had coming to them. Well it got corrected and Ian was able to hang onto his card.

Last week was another faux pas when a reporter from the Golf Channel inadvertently told Poulter that he was in the top 50 and qualified for the Masters.

He was actually 51 and boy did he get upset, and rightly so.

That put him under the microscope again and he knew what he had to do! He had to win this week in Houston and grab the FINAL spot to play in the Masters this next week.

Poulter starts his week on Thursday by posting a first round score of one over par 73 and that put him in 123rd place.

Nobody in 35 years have come from 123rd place and won a tournament.

He was packing his bags and preparing to leave Friday after his round. He spoke to his caddy and said lets go out and just play golf and have fun.

Smart words as he shot an -8 under par 64. As they say ” the rest is history”. I for one certainly hope that the Masters will be as exciting as the ending we experienced this week.

I’m sure it will! The Masters has never let us down.

The Web.Com event this week was held for the first time in Savannah, Georgia at the beautiful Deer Creek GC in the area called ” The Landings”.

Every player we talked to raved about the course and the way the tournament was put together and run so professionally.

The event signed a 5 year deal with the Web.Com folks and nobody was disappointed.

Sam Burns added to his bank account this week and won in spectacular fashion!

Sam birdied the last 3 holes and ended up one shot ahead of Roberto Castro at -21 under par.

Incredible scoring with windy conditions Thursday and wind and rain on Friday.

Easter weekend was beautiful and they actually had more people come than they had expected.

With a big attendance and the quality of players I think this tournament will be a Savannah experience for years to come.

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