Tracker: Laird wins behind 9-under 63 in Texas

Martin Laird watches his drive on the 1st hole during the final round of the Texas Open.

Martin Laird watches his drive on the 1st hole during the final round of the Texas Open.

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There was plenty of movement atop the Valero Texas Open on Sunday, but it was the stellar play of Martin Laird that proved to be too much, even for the likes of World No. 2 Rory McIlroy.

Laird set the course record with a bogey-free, 9-under 63 to finish at 14 under and win his third career PGA Tour title.

McIlroy picked up seven birdies on Sunday, but had two bogeys that gave Laird enough room to win the title.

See how it all unfolded Sunday:

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Update #36: 5:44 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy hits the green in two at the par-5 18th, but does not hole it out and Martin Laird wins the title behind his incredible 9-under 63.

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Update #35: 5:42 p.m. EDT

Martin Laird completes the clinic he put on on Sunday with a birdie, firing a 9-under 63 to set a course record and essentially clinch the title at 14 under. McIlroy would have to hole out for albatross on the finishing par-5.

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Update #34: 5:25 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy fails to birdie the short par-4 17th, missing a 25-footer and taps in for a par. He remains two back with only one hole to play.

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Update #33: 5:19 p.m. EDT

Martin Laird responds yet again, making a putt from the fringe for his eighth birdie of the day and moves to 13 under, two shots clear of Rory McIlroy. Laird had missed four of eight cuts coming into the week.

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Update #32: 5:10 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy moves to 12 under with a 12-footer for birdie on No. 16, giving a little fist pump as it dropped. He is now one back of Martin Laird, who is in a fairway bunker on No. 17.

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Update #31: 5:07 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel picks up his first birdie since No. 6, draining a 15-footer on No. 15 to get within two shots of Martin Laird.

Charley Hoffman, who double-bogeyed No. 1, has birdied three consecutive holes and has moved to 9 under for the tournament.

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Update #30: 5:02 p.m. EDT

Martin Laird isn't folding under the pressure, adding his seventh birdie of the day to get to 12 under. Laird played his tee ball safe into the back of the green, but was able to watch Padraig Harrington's birdie attempt on a similar line, but Laird's dropped. Laird stays bogey-free on the day.

Laird is now two ahead of the field.

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Update #29: 4:57 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy hammers a 3-wood more than 300 down the fairway at No. 15, but his second shot finds the fringe and he can't chip in, settling for a 4-foot par save. He stays at 10 under, one shot back of Martin Laird.

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Update #28: 4:40 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy moves to within one shot of the lead with a tap-in birdie on the par-5 14th after a beautiful third shot from the fringe.

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Update #27: 4:26 p.m. EDT

Martin Laird gets a bit lucky at No. 14, sending his second shot well right of the green at the par-5, but it comes to rest behind a mobile scoreboard and he gets relief. His third shot finds a bunker, but he gets up-and-down from there to stay bogey-free and two shots ahead of Billy Horschel, Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy.

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Update #27: 4:26 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel misses the green at the par-3 13th, chips well past the hole and cannot save par, dropping back to 9 under, tied with Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk in second place, two back of Martin Laird.

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Update #26: 4:12 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel misses a 10-footer for birdie on No. 12, playing a bit too much break and he stays at 10 under, one back of Martin Laird. Horschel is even par on the day, but will likely need to get one or two birdies over his final six holes to earn his way into the Masters.

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Update #25: 4:06 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy moves back to 9 under with a birdie on No. 12, putting his second shot about 3 feet left of the pin.

But he is two back of Martin Laird, who gets up-and-down for par from a greenside bunker at the par-3 13th to stay at 6 under for the day and 11 under overall.

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Update #24: 3:58 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel picks up a par on No. 11 to stay one shot behind Martin Laird. Horschel's second shot flared a bit right and found the collar of the green and his birdie attempt was never on line.

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Update #23: 3:50 p.m. EDT

Martin Laird has taken the outright lead with a birdie at No. 12, moving to 11 under. Laird is 6 under on his round.

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Update #22: 3:42 p.m. EDT

After flying the green with his second shot at No. 10, Billy Horschel manages to get up-and-down with a 4-footer for par to stay at 10 under and tied for the lead. That one tested the nerves and Horschel passed with flying colors.

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Update #21: 3:40 p.m. EDT

Marcel Siem likely played himself out of the tournament, picking up a triple-bogey on No. 12 to fall back to 6 under. Moments later, K.J. Choi bogeys the hole to slip to 8 under, two off the lead.

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Update #20: 3:32 p.m. EDT

After back-to-back birdies, Rory McIlroy drops a shot at No. 10 to fall back to 8 under and is now two shots off the lead. McIlroy has four birdies and two bogeys on Sunday.

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Update #19: 3:22 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi moves into a three-way tie for third place with a birdie at No. 11, getting to 9 under with Marcel Siem and Rory McIlroy. Siem followed Choi's birdie with one of his own. The two players have a combined 10 birdies today against one bogey.

Billy Horschel picks up a two-putt par on No. 9 to make the turn with an even-par 36 to stay tied for the lead with Martin Laird.

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Update #18: 3:13 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy picks up his fourth birdie of the day, burying a 6-footer at No. 9 to move to 9 under and is now just one shot off the lead.

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Update #17: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Jim Furyk (9 under) misses an 8-footer for birdie on No. 8 and stays one back of Billy Horschel and Martin Laird. Horschel got up-and-down from the fringe on No. 8 to save par to remain even on the day.

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Update #16: 2:53 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy takes advantage of the par-5 8th with his third birdie of the day, moving to 8 under and is now just two shots back of co-leaders Billy Horschel and Martin Laird.

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Update #15: 2:41 p.m. EDT

Martin Laird makes a 6-footer for birdie at the par-5 8th to move to 10 under, tied with Billy Horschel for the lead. Laird has yet to miss a fairway and has five birdies on his round.

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Update #14: 2:37 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel two-putts from the fringe to manage par at the 7th hole, staying one shot clear of Jim Furyk (who also pars No. 7) and Martin Laird.

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Update #13: 2:30 p.m. EDT

K.J. Choi makes a 2-footer for birdie at No. 8 to move to 8 under, moving to within two shots of Billy Horschel's lead.

Rory McIlroy misses another nice opportunity, this time on the 7th, missing his birdie putt right and settles for a par to stay at 7 under.

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Update #12: 2:21 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel regains the outright lead with a 15-footer for birdie on No. 6 and is now one clear of Martin Laird and Jim Furyk.

Furyk moved to 9 under with a birdie bomb right before Horschel, while Laird makes an 8-footer to save par on No. 7.

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Update #11: 2:11 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy misses out on a golden opportunity at the 6th, missing a 10-footer to the left of the hole and settling for a par and stays at 7 under. He remains two shots back of Billy Horschel and Martin Laird.

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Update #10: 2:09 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel two-putts for par on the 5th hole to stay tied for the lead at 9 under, while Jim Furyk makes a 12-footer for birdie to move to 8 under.

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Update #9: 2:04 p.m. EDT

Martin Laird picks up his fourth birdie of his opening six holes, making a 5-footer at No. 6 to tie Billy Horschel at 9 under atop the leaderboard. Neither Horschel nor Laird currently have a spot in the Masters.

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Update #8: 1:58 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy rebounds from his bogey at No. 4 with a 3-foot birdie make at No. 5 to get back to 7 under, now just two back of Billy Horschel.

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Update #7: 1:50 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel drops back to 9 under with his first bogey of the day, failing to save par with a 10-footer on No. 4. His lead is now only one shot after Martin Laird birdies the short par-4 5th.

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Update #6: 1:35 p.m. EDT

After hitting out of some cactus left of the fairway - and taking a few minutes to take some stickers out of his leg - Rory McIlroy drops his first shot of the day, picking up bogey at the par-4 4th. He falls back to 6 under and four shots off the pace.

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Update #5: 1:27 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel hits a nice tee ball at the par-3 3rd, but can't convert on a 20-footer for birdie and two-putts for a par to stay at 10 under, three clear of the field.

Jim Furyk makes a nice up-and-down from behind the green to stay at 7 under, tied with Rory McIlroy and Martin Laird in second.

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Update #4: 1:18 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel makes a 15-footer to save par on the par-5 second hole, maintaining his three-shot lead over Jim Furyk, Rory McIlroy and Martin Laird.

McIlroy barely clears the water at the par-3 3rd hole, but manages to get up-and-down, making a 5-footer to save par and stay at 7 under.

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Update #3: 1:02 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy makes an early statement, making an 8-footer for birdie on the par-5 2nd to move to 7 under, currently in a three-way tie in second, three shots back of Billy Horschel.

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Update #2: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel's lead is now three shots, and he only needed a par at the opening hole to extend that lead. Charley Hoffman opens his round with a double after sending his drive well right and is now 6 under, while Jim Furyk opens with a bogey to fall back to 7 under.

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Update #1: 12:51 p.m. EDT

Rory McIlroy opens his round with a par after missing the fairway to the right, hitting a solid second shot to about 15 feet, but can't convert on the putt. McIlroy remains at 6 under, four back of Billy Horschel.

• • •

Saturday's coverage

TEE TIMES: Tee times for Sunday's final round of the Valero Texas Open. Groupings.

5 THINGS: Moving Day at the Valero Texas Open turned out to be hang on for dear life. Winds whipping up to 25 mph swirled, switched directions and wreaked havoc. But that didn't stop Billy Horschel from coming out with the 54-hole lead. Story.

TRACKER: Rory McIlroy shot 1-under 71 on Saturday at the Valero Texas Open to move to 6 under. But neither he nor anyone else could gain any ground on Billy Horschel, who kept his two shot lead heading into the final round. See how it all unfolded!

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Friday's coverage

5 THINGS: While Billy Horschel jumped out to a two-stroke lead at the Valero Texas Open on Friday while Rory McIlroy closed with three straight birdies on the strength of reaching greens in regulation, says Adam Schupak. Story

TEE TIMES: Tee times for Saturday's third round of the Valero Texas Open. Click here

TRACKER: Billy Horschel took command in San Antonio after a second consecutive 68 moved him to 8 under, two ahead of Steven Bowditch, Charley Hoffman and Daniel Summerhays. How it happened

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Thursday's coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Click here

TRACKER: Both playing in the afternoon wave, Matt Bettencourt and Peter Tomasulo fired 5-under 67s to lead four others by one shot in San Antonio. How it happened

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Pre-tournament coverage

TEE TIMES: Here are the first- and second-round tee times and pairings for the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio. Click here

PREDICTIONS: With the likes of Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter in the Valero Texas Open field, it is Fredrik Jacobson and Matt Kuchar that receive love from our panel. Story

MASTERS NOTES: Qualifying year after year has proven difficult for many, as of what could be termed “serious” contenders for this year's Masters, only 17 of them teed it up at Augusta National in 2003. Story

TOUR NOTES: The Dave Williams Golf Academy is referred to as "The Gateway to Success" - and it holds true, paying tribute to a coach who won the NCAA Championship 16 times. Story

AMERICAN DOMINANCE: Jonas Blixt of Sweden is becoming a footnote in history — the last foreign-born player to win on the PGA Tour. Story

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