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This Week in Golf -- March 27-30

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Updated: 3/24/2014 4:06 pm

Martin Laird fired a 9-under 63 in the final round last year to come from behind and win the Texas Open. His 63 matched the course record at TPC San Antonio, and this was his third title on the PGA Tour.

With the victory, Laird also earned a spot in the Masters, where he missed the cut by a shot.

Rory McIlroy closed with a 66 to take second, while third-round leader Billy Horschel managed a 1-under 71 in the final round, and that dropped him into a share of third. Horschel was even-par through six with a birdie and a bogey, and he remained there as he ran off six straight pars from the seventh.

With the Masters two weeks away, there is a strong field in San Antonio this week. Phil Mickelson returns to the event for the first time in 22 years. He'll be joined in the field by Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth, Ernie Els and two- time winner Zach Johnson.

Both of this season's multiple winners, three-time champ Jimmy Walker and two- time victor Patrick Reed, are also teeing it up this week.

Finally, Brooks Koepka, an American who has been playing on the European Tour, is using his final sponsors exemption this week. He will likely need a solo fourth place finish or better to earn enough money to become a special temporary member of the PGA Tour.

Golf Channel will have television coverage of the first two days and early on the weekend before handing off to NBC for the remainder of the action.

The PGA Tour heads to Houston Open next week, and that will serve as the final tune-up for the Masters. D.A. Points closed with a 66 last year to rally and win the title by one over Henrik Stenson and Billy Horschel.


EURASIA CUP - Glenmarie Golf & Country Club, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - The European Tour is back in Asia this week for a new event, the EurAsia Cup.

The Ryder Cup-style event features four-ball matches on Thursday, foursomes matches on Friday and singles matches on Saturday.

The European team took the top four members from the Race to Dubai, four players from the world golf rankings, one playing captain and one captain's pick. The Asian squad has the top four available from the Asian Tour Order of Merit, three from the world rankings, one playing captain and two captain's picks.

Miguel Angel Jimenez will captain the European Tour, while Thongchai Jaidee leads the Asian team. The event will be played every other year.

Golf Channel has coverage of all three rounds.

The tour heads to Spain next week for a new event, the NH Collection Open, which will be a dual-ranking event.


KIA CLASSIC, Park Hyatt Aviara Golf Club, Carlsbad, California - The LPGA heads to California this week for the Kia Classic, which again serves as the final tune-up for the first women's major of the year.

Beatriz Recari led by two entering the final round last year, but needed a playoff to win for the second time on the LPGA.

I.K. Kim bogeyed the final hole to drop back to minus-9, then Recari did the same. They returned to the 18th hole for the extra session. Both players had par putts from inside nine feet on the first extra hole, and both missed.

Kim left a 35-footer for birdie short before Recari converted her birdie putt from the fringe for the win.

There have been four different winners in the first four years of the event. Jiyai Shin finished inside the top three the first three years of this tournament, while Yani Tseng, Shanshan Feng, Catriona Matthew, Cristie Kerr, Kim and Michelle Wie all have two top-10 finishes in the first four years.

Golf Channel will have television coverage of all four rounds.

The LPGA Tour heads to Rancho Mirage, Calif. for the year's first major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Inbee Park cruised to a 4-stroke win over So Yeon Ryu last year for her second major championship.


CHITIMACHA LOUISIANA OPEN, Le Triomphe Country Club, Broussard, Louisiana - The Tour finally lands in the United States this week after four events in South and Central America.

Edward Loar carded four rounds in the 60s last year en route to a 2-stroke win over Morgan Hoffmann. The win was Loar's second on the Tour, however he is not in the field this week to defend his title. Loar instead will be playing the PGA Tour event in Texas.

Alex Cejka, Adam Hadwin, Jon Curran and Carlos Ortiz won the first four events and are the top-four players on the money list. Along with his win, Cejka also finished second at the Brasil Champions and shared 11th last week in Panama.

There is no television coverage this week.

The Tour takes a week off then returns to action in Mexico with the, El Bosque Mexico Championship, where Michael Putnam rallied to win by two strokes last year.

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