Laird trumps McIlroy

04/08/2013 12:38 AM

04/08/2013 12:39 AM

Martin Laird tied the course record with a 9-under par 63 on Sunday to hold off Rory McIlroy at the Texas Open to earn his first win in more than two years.

Laird began the day four shots behind leader Billy Horschel but posted a bogey-free round to finish 14 under overall and earn the third win of his career, his first since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2011. The Scottish golfer entered the week having missed four of eight cuts this year.

McIlroy, the world’s No. 2, began the day at 6 under before posting a 66 to finish two shots back and finish second — his best finish of the year.

Horschel shot a 1-under 71 to finish in a tie for third with Jim Furyk and Charley Hoffman.

Furyk eagled the par-5 18th from 104 yards out to jump into third. The former U.S. Open winner had four holes of practice on the Greg Norman-designed Course at TPC on Wednesday before rain washed him out, but he posted a final-round 69 to close a steady week.

Horschel, who led after the second and third rounds, was unable to match the low rounds of his competitors and finished with a 1-under 71. The Florida native was seeking his first PGA Tour win.

Park cruises at Kraft Nabisco

At Rancho Mirage, Calif., Inbee Park doubled her lead to six strokes on the opening hole and ran away with the Kraft Nabisco Championship for her second major title.

Amateur Ashlan Ramsey, who is expected to play for Clemson this fall, shot her second 1-under 71 of the event and finished 48th

Alvarado wins by one stroke

At Sao Paolo, Brazil, Chile’s Benjamin Alvarado shoot a 2-under 69 to win the Tour’s Brasil Classic at the Sao Paulo Golf Club. Alvarado, the third-round leader, finished at 19-under 265 and won by one stroke over South Africa’s Dawie van der Walt (66).

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