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Golf roundup: D.A. Points wins Houston Open

Clutch putt on 18 delivers a victory

D.A. Points claimed the Houston Open title by draining a 12-footer on 18.

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D.A. Points claimed the Houston Open title by draining a 12-footer on 18.

D.A. Points came back from a long rain delay and made four pars, the last one giving him a one-shot victory in the Houston Open at Humble, Texas, and a trip to the Masters.

With a putter he once borrowed from his mother and never returned, Points rolled in a putt from around 12 feet on the final hole to polish off a 6-under-par 66 and avoid a sudden-death playoff with Billy Horschel and Masters-bound Henrik Stenson.

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It was quite a turnaround for Points, whose only other PGA Tour win was at Pebble Beach two years ago.

He started the year by missing the cut seven times in nine tournaments. He arrived at Redstone Golf Club having not broken 70 in his last nine rounds. But he stayed in the hunt after opening with a 64, and he kept his calm when he returned to the course after a rain delay of nearly three hours.

‘‘Thank you for staying,’’ Points said to the sparse gallery in the bleachers as he walked off the green.

Stenson birdied his last two holes for a 66 before the storms rolled across Houston, and while he came up one shot short, he moved up to No. 42 in the world rankings to earn an invitation to the Masters. Horschel was on the 18th tee when play was halted, and then had to wait some more for his turn to hit on the tough driving hole. He split the middle, found the green, and two-putted for par to join Stenson.

They waited around for a playoff that wasn’t necessary when Points saved par on his last two holes.

Points finished at 16-under 272, and the win gives him another two-year exemption. His exemption from the Pebble Beach would have expired this year. More important, the win gets him back to Augusta National in two weeks.

Phil Mickelson opened his final round with four straight birdies, and he was still in the picture until a three-putt double bogey on the 14th hole. He had a 68, and wound up six shots behind.

Dustin Johnson had the lead at one point until he missed a short birdie putt on the 11th, and then hit his 5-wood into the water on the reachable par-4 12th hole, leading to bogey. He wound up with a 65 and finished two shots behind.

Ben Crane, who played alongside Points, had birdie chances on the last two holes that would have dropped if he had hit them hard enough. Crane had a 68 and tied for fourth with Johnson.

European — Marcel Siem of Germany shot a 2-under 70 to win the Hassan II Trophy in Agadir, Morocco, by three strokes over Mikko Ilonen and David Horsey. Siem finished with a 17-under 217.

The victory moved Siem to 51 in the world rankings, just missing a spot in the Masters.

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