With Ian Poulter’s win in Houston on Sunday he jumped 89 spots in the FedEx Cup Points standings. Poulter made a 20-foot birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Beau Hossler. With a par on the first extra hole Poulter not only won the Houston but earned the final spot for the Masters. 2018 FedEx Cup Points Championship Odds (April 2).
In a week in which Poulter was mistakenly told he earned a spot at Augusta National through the world rankings it actually took a win in Houston to earn a tee time for the Master.
Poulter won for the third time on the PGA Tour with his Houston victory. Furthermore it was the New Zealander’s first in America since the Match Play in 2010 at Arizona.
ESPN reported that “when Poulter reached the quarterfinals of the Dell Technologies Match Play last weekend in Austin it was enough to get him into the top 50 in the world ranking which is the cutoff for qualifying for the Masters. Consequently it turned out that he needed to win his quarterfinal match, and Poulter was informed of the mistake before he teed off. Kevin Kisner beat him, 8 and 6.”
The Associated Press article published by ESPN also reported that “Poulter was so disappointed that he contemplated not even going to Houston, and when he opened with a 73 in a first round of low scoring, he packed his bags and prepared to go home to Florida the next day. Instead, he bounced back with a 64 and shot 65-67 on the weekend.”
“Last week was painful,” he said. “To come here this week, I was tired. I was frustrated on Thursday. … I was patient and waited for my time. And this is amazing.”
Most relevant is that not only is he headed to Augusta National for the Masters he has entered top 30 in the world rankings. In addition he is now eligible for the rest of the majors.
Currently sitting over 1200-points from the top spot in the FedEx Cup rankings Jordan Spieth, closed with a 66 in Houston and tied for third. It was Spieth’s his best finish against a full field he finished second at the Dell Technologies Championship in September.
Justin Thomas is the top golfer in the FedEx Cup standings. Thomas has a 384 point lead on Patton Kizzire and a 487 point gap in front of third place Phil Mickelson.
The fourth through 10th place players on the latest 2018 FedEx Cup standings are as follows:
4. Bubba Watson
5. Dustin Johnson
6. Jon Rahm
7. Justin Rose
8. Tony Finau
9. Bredan Steele
10. Paul Casey
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