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April 1, 2013

Points wins Houston Open

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HUMBLE, Texas —

Points closed with a 6-under 66, the final putt helping him avoid a playoff with Masters-bound Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.

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 ranking 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 in the clubhouse lead.

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

Points, who finished at 16-under 272, picked up his second PGA Tour victory, and this time he had to supply his own comic relief. He won two years ago with actor Bill Murray as his partner in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. When the tension mounted, Points flashed his caddie an exaggerated smile to help keep it all in perspective.

It worked, and now they can smile all the way to Augusta.

“I never not think it’s on my radar,” Points said of his last-minute entry to the Masters. “I want to win. I want to win more than once. I want to have the opportunity to win majors, and win majors.

I want to play in Ryder Cups and Presidents Cup. These are things I want to do, and I know I’m capable of doing.”

Twenty players were separated by four shots going into the final round, and it stayed that way for a while, with a dozen players poised to make a run and seize control as the storm clouds gathered.

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