Martin Laird's putter came alive just in time to earn a spot on golf's grandest stage. Laird posted a course-record 9-under 63 to win the Valero Texas Open by two shots over World No. 2 Rory McIlroy on Sunday, earning a spot in the Masters as a result.
For a good while in the final round, the Arnold Palmer Invitational looked like a tournament no one wanted to win. The final twosome spent much of the day in rewind, and other challengers hiccuped at key moments. In fact, the top three contenders hit shots into bunkers on the last three holes within the matter of a few seconds.