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After a two-year hiatus from the Masters, Paul Casey has earned an exemption into the first major of 2014-15.

The top 50 of the latest Official World Golf Ranking was used to help fill the exclusive field at Augusta National Golf Club on April 9-12. Casey sits 48th in the formula. The Brit last appeared in 2012, missing the cut. At 33rd in the OWGR, India's Anirban Lahiri ranks highest of the four qualifiers tonight. He's already a two-time winner on the European Tour in 2015, so it was just a matter of time before he was official eligible for his debut in the Masters. Branden Grace (41st) and Bernd Wiesberger (42nd) round out the foursome. The 26-year-old from South Africa will be making his third consecutive appearance while the 29-year-old Austrian is poised for his first. The final exemption into the tournament is reserved for the winner of the Shell Houston Open. There are no alternates for the Masters.
Mar 29 - 9:10 PM

Kelly Kraft picked up the first Tour win of his career at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open with a 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round.

Kraft ended the tournament at 14-under 270, which was one-stroke clear of D.H. Lee and Rhein Gibson. Kraft spread five birdies and one eagle across Le Triomphe G&CC, including three birdies on his last four holes, to just one bogey. His stats lacked sizzle this week, as he didn't rank any better than T20 (GIR) in any major statistical category. With this victory, he vaults from 68th to sixth on the Tour money list and is in great shape to earn a 2015-16 PGA TOUR card.
Mar 29 - 8:35 PM

Blake Adams conluded the Valero Texas Open with a 2-over-par 36-38=74 to post 10-over 298, good for a share of 58th place.

It's a baby step, but it's still forward progress. Adams didn't break par in any round, but red numbers came far and few between for most in the field of 144 at TPC San Antonio. It's his first payday in four starts this season. Adams collected $13,578 and 10.5 FedExCup points. He'll try to extend this mild success at the Shell Houston Open where he'll arrive with 12 starts remaining on his Major Medical Extension to earn $483,466 or 267.237 and retain status.
Mar 29 - 6:16 PM

Billy Horschel posted a tidy 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to finish alone in third at 4-under 284.

Horschel circled three birdies and squared two bogeys on his navigation of TPC San Antonio, with all of the birdies dropping from inside of 10 feet. He ends the week seven strokes behind Jimmy Walker and three behind Jordan Spieth. This was a big week for the 2014 FedExCup champion. He began this tournament ranked 110th in the FEC standings, but moves to 48th with this result. This is the first time all season that he's cracked the top 20. Known for getting hot in concentrated spurts, this could indicate that he is headed towards a peak just in time for the season's first major.
Mar 29 - 6:04 PM

Jordan Spieth closed out his week at the Valero Texas Open with a 2-under-par 37-33-70 in the finale to finish alone in second at 7-under 281.

Despite circling four birdies over his final five holes, Spieth ended his week at TPC San Antonio four-strokes behind Jimmy Walker. Spieth picked up six birdies in total, with four of those offset by bogeys. The 45'2" birdie on the par-5 14th was the spark that put him on Walker's scent, but it clearly wasn't enough. This was an impressive answer on Spieth's part to his win at the Valspar Championship two weeks ago. The sky continues to be the limit.
Mar 29 - 5:59 PM

Brendan Steele slumped to a 1-over-par 38-35=73 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open, but his 1-under 287 was good enough to secure a T8 finish.

Steele, the 2011 VTO champion, started his final round in a five-way tie for fourth but limped out of the gate with three consecutive bogeys. He recovered with back-to-back birdies on the par-4 fifth and sixth holes but quickly gave another shot back on the par-3 seventh after failing to save par from the green-side bunker. His failed birdie conversion from 13 feet on the par-5 eighth was his last real par-breaker chance over the next 10 holes (all pars) on which he struggled to hit greens in regulation or proximity when he did, not circling another birdie until the par-5 18th. In all, a successful week as Steele now has three top 10s in five appearances at TPC San Antonio.
Mar 29 - 5:54 PM

Jimmy Walker glided to victory at the Valero Texas Open with a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in the final round to end his week at 11-under 277.

It was a runaway for Walker as he ends his week four strokes ahead of Jordan Spieth. The champ circled five birdies and squared three bogeys at TPC San Antonio today. Three of those birdies fell from between 15-18 feet, as he was able to call upon the flat stick when he needed it. He led the tournament in both greens in regulation and strokes gained: putting, which is a deadly combination. Perhaps sleeping in his own bed this week had an impact on his play. This is his second win on the PGA TOUR in 2014-15 (Sony Open) and the fifth of his career. Walker is the first player to win for the second time on TOUR this season. Clearly his game is in excellent shape with the Masters just around the corner, but he'll gear up with one more primer at this week's Shell Houston Open.
Mar 29 - 5:52 PM

Chesson Hadley carded a 1-under-par 26-35=71 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to tie for fourth place at 3-under 285.

Of his four birdies at TPC San Antonio, his 19'3" effort at the par-5 eighth was easily the highlight. Hadley squared a double bogey and a bogey, which prevented him from going even higher up the leaderboard. He ranked inside the top five in both putting average and strokes gained: putting. He has the reputation for snapping his fingers when he makes a big putt, and with stats like that here were plenty of snaps this week.
Mar 29 - 5:43 PM

Scott Pinckney signed for a 1-over-par 35-38=73 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to end his tournament at 1-under 287.

The rookie found just three birdies on the day, with a 14'6" effort on the par-3 seventh standing as the longest. It wasn't enough to erase the two bogeys and a double bogey he picked up on his lap around TPC San Antonio, but it did earn him the second top 10 of his young PGA TOUR career. He began his week ranked 129th in the FedExCup standings but moves inside the top 100 with this result.
Mar 29 - 5:40 PM

Chris Kirk battled back from a poor start for an even-par 38-34=72 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open.

Kirk assured himself of a top-10 finish at 1-under 287. After pars on the first two holes, he swallowed a double bogey on the par-3 third hole and a bogey on the par-4 fourth. Rather than letting the train fall off the tracks, he played bogey-free golf the rest of the way. HIs comeback started with a tap-in birdie at the par-4 fifth and he followed that up with a 14'7" birdie on the par-3 13th and a 13'9" birdie on the par-4 17th. This is his first top 10 since tying for fourth in The McGladrey Classic in the first start of his 2014-15 season.
Mar 29 - 5:23 PM

TPC San Antonio member Cameron Beckman completed his 20th appearance at the Valero Texas Open in 7-over-par 71-72-79-73=295.

Currently T43, this would be his best finish on the PGA TOUR this year (in three events) and his best overall finish since this same event last year where he finished 2-over which was good for a T36. Similar to last year's VTO, where he opened in 69-70 and was T4 through 36 holes, Beckman was near the top again this year at T11 through two rounds. Unfortunately, much the same as last year, where he crashed to a third-round 79, he the suffered the same demise this year with a third-round 77, costing the local resident any hope of contending.
Mar 29 - 5:00 PM

Daniel Summerhays closed out his week at the Valero Texas Open with a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round.

HIs 3-under 285 is good for the clubhouse lead and almost certainly assures him a top-five finish. He circled two birdies on the front nine at TPC San Antonio to go with seven pars. The first was a 34'5" bomb on the par-4 sixth and the second an 11'1" birdie at the par-4 ninth. HIs back nine was a wild ride, with three bogeys and four birdies only allowing room for two pars. After posting a runner-up finish in this event last year, it is clear that he is a prudent play until he proves otherwise at this layout.
Mar 29 - 4:44 PM

Ryan Palmer fired a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to earn a top 10 at 2-under 286.

Palmer spread six birdies and two bogeys across TPC San Antonio, with his 34'10" birdie at the par-4 sixth easily the highlight. He had a putt from 8'11" for birdie on the par-5 18th to join a tie for second in real time, but pushed it to the right after backing off due to a distraction. Either way, he delivered everything his fantasy owners could have expected and more this week.
Mar 29 - 4:26 PM

Charley Hoffman battled for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open and is on the bubble for a top 10 at even-par 288.

This was a bit of a disappointment considering he was the leader after 18 holes. The real damage was done with a third-round 79. His final lap around TPC San Antonio featured four birdies and two bogeys, spread evenly across each nine. Two of those birdies fell form outside of 25 feet, and both of those were on par 3s. He entered the week with an impressive resume on this course and did nothing to suggest that he isn't still a horse for this course moving forward.
Mar 29 - 4:02 PM

Dustin Johnson fired a 4-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Valero Texas Open to secure a top-10 finish at 2-under 286.

Johnson circled six birdies, all inside of 10 feet, to go with three bogeys on his final lap around TPC San Antonio. He was on the bad half of the draw on Thursday and Friday, playing in morning on Thursday and afternoon on Friday. His first-round 78 in the worst of the wind certainly makes one wonder what could have been if he was on the favorable side of the draw. He played the weekend in 8-under.
Mar 29 - 3:56 PM

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