SPRING ISSUE APRIL 2018 THE WOBURN GOLF NEWS Victory for Ian Poulter in Houston Open secures final place in The Masters Ian was a late entry to the Houston Open knowing that victory was his only route to playing in The Masters having narrowly missing out through his World Rankings position and a mix-up during the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play the previous week. He was advised that he had done enough to qualify for The Masters only to be told ahead of his quarter-final match this was not the case and that he needed to win his match. He was 51st in the World Rankings, with only the top 50 players receiving an invitation to Augusta National. Mast Following a poor first round in Houston with a one over par 73 he was in 123rd position and his chances of playing in The Masters looked slim. However, he recovered to record a flawless eight-under 64 on Friday and made seven birdies on Saturday to share the lead with Beau Hossler going in to the final round. Having held a four shot lead midway, Ian found himself trailing by one after Hossler recorded four successive birdies from the 12th. On the final green Ian sank a 20 foot birdie putt to force a playoff and the chance to play in The Masters. Hossler found bunkers with his first two shots when replaying the 18th, handing the initiative to Ian, who kept his nerve to secure victory with a steady par and sealed his first title since the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions. Ian is now 29th in the Official World Rankings and he has also catapulted up the points table for the Ryder Cup! Woburn Member turns professional See page 4 for the full story Charley Hull finishes two off the lead in the ANA Inspiration Congratulations to Charley on a great performance in the first Women’s major of the year, The ANA Inspiration in which she was runner up in 2016. Charley narrowly missed an eagle putt on the last but finished on -13 and in a tie for 6th place. Charley is currently ranked 25th in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings. The winner of the ANA Inspiration was Pernilla Lindberg whose fiancé, Daniel Taylor, caddied for her. Daniel was a member of Woburn prior to moving to the United States.