Martin Laird confirms he will play the Masters at Augusta
SCOT Martin Laird could yesterday finally answer 'yes' to a question he'd been asked plenty of times recently - he will be playing in the Masters this week.
Laird secured the last place on offer in the first major of the year after producing a stunning, course record equalling nine-under final round of 63 to win the Texas Open by two shots from world No.2 Rory McIlroy.
Starting the day five shots behind leader, American Billy Horschel, Laird birdied five of his first eight holes before more birdies on 16, 17 and 18 sealed the win, his third on the Tour, and his first since the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2011.
"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 said.
McIlroy, who has yet to win this season, carded a six-under 66 to finish on 12 under ahead of Horschel, who tied for third with fellow Americans Jim Furyk and Charley Hoffman, on 11 under.
Aaron Baddeley was the best Aussie, tied for 15th at four under.