GOLF ROUNDUP: Laird wins in Texas
Martin Laird tied the course record with a 9-under-par 63 on Sunday to hold off Rory McIlroy at the Texas Open in San Antonio 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. The Scottish golfer entered the week having missed four of eight cuts this year.
McIlroy, ranked No. 2 in the world, 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.
LPGA: Inbee Park doubled her lead to six strokes on the opening hole and ran away with the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, Calif., 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.
South Korean players have won three straight majors and Asians have won eight in a row.
WEB.COM: Chile’s Benjamin Alvarado shot 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).
Alvarado, the first player from Chile to win in the Tour’s history, found out just last week that he received a sponsor exemption into the tournament. Now the former Arizona State standout not only has Tour status through 2014, he also took a step toward the PGA Tour next year.