Past champ and World No. 110 Martin Laird birdied his final two holes en route to a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the third round of the Valero Texas Open for a three-day tally of 6-under 210, up seven spots to T3, one in arrears of 54-hole clubhouse leader Branden Grace.
After opening in 72-67, the 2013 winner began on 5-under (T10), three back of 36-hole co-leaders Bud Cauley and Tony Finau. Playing out of the fourth-to-last threesome, he conjured seven (of 14) fairways and 11 greens in regulation, gaining 3.411 strokes approaching-the-green but losing 1.919 on-the-greens. The 34-year-old circled five birdies at Nos. 3, 9, 10, 17 and 18, four from inside of five feet, adding an 18-footer at the ninth for birdie-3. He took some luster off with a 3-putt bogey-5 at six (from 73'5") and bogey-6 at 14, swallowing a double bogey-6 at 12 with a 3-jack from 52'1". Apr 22 - 6:00 PM