By The Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — 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 only 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 out 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, who was second at last week’s Houston Open, was seeking his first PGA Tour win.
RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — 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.
The 24-year-old South Korean player made a 20-foot birdie putt on the par-4 first, while playing partner Lizette Salas had a double bogey for a three-stroke swing. Park closed with a 3-under 69 to finish at 15 under, four strokes ahead of So Yeon Ryu at Mission Hills.
Park celebrated the victory with the traditional leap into Poppie’s Pond, and jumped from fourth to second in the world with her fifth LPGA Tour title and ninth worldwide win. South Korean players have won three straight majors and Asians have won eight in a row.
Ryu shot a 65, the best round of the tournament. Salas had a 79 to tie for 25th at 2 under.
SAO PAOLO, Brazil (AP) — Chile’s Benjamin Alvarado shoot a 2-under 69 to win the Web.com 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) and by two over American Kevin Kim (68). It was the Web.com Tour’s first event in Brazil.
Alvarado, the first player from Chile to win in the Tour’s history, found out just last week that he got received a sponsor exemption into the tournament. Now the former Arizona State standout not only has Tour status through 2014, he also took a big step toward the PGA Tour next year.