Winner's Bag: Ian Poulter, Houston Open
April 01, 2018
By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM
Ian Poulter's interview after winning Houston Open
Following his win in a playoff to Beau Hossler at the 2018 Houston Open, Ian Poulter talks about his clutch birdie putt on No. 18 to tie for the lead before the playoff hole.
HUMBLE, Texas — Ian Poulter won for the first time in six years on TOUR and booked his place in the Masters field with a sudden-death playoff victory over Beau Hossler on Sunday at the Houston Open.
Down one on the last hole of regulation, Poulter stuck his approach to 19 feet and drained the putt to force extra holes. The Odyssey #7 putter he used to make the putt was recently called out of retirement at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play following a lengthy run in Poulter's bag that included a memorable performance on the final day of the 2012 Ryder Cup.
"It's not going anywhere anytime soon," Poulter said about the putter after the win.
Poulter ranked 19th in strokes gained: putting for the week with the flat stick and said earlier in the week that going back to the putter gave him no excuses due to the success he'd had with it in the past.
"When you're tinkering, messing, trying, when you grab something that you know has done wonderful things, you have to take the onus then because you know it's not the putter, it's generally the person holding it," Poulter said. "So I could go out, not blame anyone else and really try and find some good mojo, some good memories, some good feelings like I've had with that and take on the course because my game's in shape and I just need to hole a few putts and it's happening."
Here's a look at Poulter's entire equipment setup:
Driver: Titleist 917D2 (Mitsubishi Tensei Orange CK 60TX shaft), 9.5 degrees
3-wood: Titleist 917F2 (Matrix Ozik TP7HDe 7X shaft), 16.5 degrees
Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2 (Aldila Tour Green ATX85H TX shaft), 21 degrees
Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron; Project X LZ 130 7.0shaft), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW; Project X LZ 130 7.0 shafts)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 (52.12F, 56.14F and 60.04L degrees; True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts)
Putter: Odyssey #7
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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