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Laird Books Masters Place With Texas Open Win

Martin Laird booked his ticket to Augusta next week with a sensational final round of 63 to win the Valero Texas Open.

The Scotsman leap from seventh to first on the final round to finish 14 under par, two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy. Glaswegian Laird, five shots off Horschel overnight, began his stunning round with five birdies in his opening six holes to move into a share of the lead. Laird sealed the deal with an 18th-hole birdie, his ninth of the round, that prevented McIlroy from being able to tie him with an eagle on the par-5 closing hole.

"It's unbelievable. I've been asked probably 30 times in the last couple of weeks, 'are you in Augusta? Are you in Augusta?' and I've had to say 'no', and every time it kind of hurt me a little bit after playing the last couple [of Masters]," Laird told Sky Sports after his first PGA victory in nearly two years.

McIlroy was desperate to find some form in time for the Masters at Augusta next Thursday, but despite coming close to being the champion, he can be pleased with the performance as his game looks to be in decent shape heading into the first major of the year.

The world number two said of his weekends work, “To finish off this tournament in the way I did today is great going into Augusta".