Ian Poulter books Masters place with dramatic play-off victory at the Houston Open

Ian Poulter celebrates his win in Houston. Credit: PA

Woburn golfer Ian Poulter has booked his place at the Masters after winning a dramatic play-off at the Houston Open.

The event in Texas was Poulter's last chance to qualify for Augusta, and it looked like he was going to miss out as he trailed American Beau Hossler by one shot heading into the final hole.

However, he hit a brilliant long distance putt on the 18th to force a play-off and join Hossler on 19 under, before he then secured victory on the extra hole with a par after Hossler had found the water.

Poulter's emotion was clear to see, as he thumped his chest in celebration, just as he famously did in the Ryder Cup at Medinah in 2012.

The win means the 42-year-old can now start preparing for the Masters which gets underway on Thursday.

Poulter had dropped to 51st in the world rankings before the tournament in Houston, which meant only victory would do, with only the top 50 players receiving an invite to Augusta.

"It is amazing, to get this done today to get me to Augusta is amazing," Poulter told Sky Sports.

"It's going to take a little while to sink in. 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."