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D.A. Points celebrates his par putt to win the Shell Houston Open at the Redstone Tournament Course Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Humble. Points finished the tournament with a 16-under-par 272, for a one-shot win. (AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)
D.A. Points celebrates his par putt to win the Shell Houston Open at the Redstone Tournament Course Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Humble. Points finished the tournament with a 16-under-par 272, for a one-shot win. (AP Photo/ Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer)
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HUMBLE, Texas — 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 and a trip to the Masters.


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


It was quite a turnaround for Points, whose only other PGA Tour win was at Pebble Beach two years ago with actor Billy Murray along for the laughs.


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


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


Points picked up his final birdie on the par-5 13th when the hole got in the way of his chip and kept the ball from running well past.


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