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Saturday 16 December 2017

Last-chance saloon for Masters hopeful

Scotland's Marc Warren will look to secure his first appearance in the Masters at the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio this week.

Warren is currently ranked 52nd in the world and needs to move into the top 50 when the standings are updated on Monday to join countrymen Stephen Gallacher, Sandy Lyle and Bradley Neil at Augusta National.

The 33-year-old from Glasgow needs to finish inside the top 20 at TPC San Antonio and can draw on previous good performances in the United States, having finished 12th and 15th in the last two US PGA Championships and 17th in the WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral earlier this month.

"Once you get close to the top 50 it can play on your mind a little bit, but it's been a big positive for me that it hasn't been on my mind. I've just kept doing what I'm doing," Warren said.

"Fortunately the people at the Valero Texas Open have given me an invite for this week, which gives me a great opportunity."

Italy's Francesco Molinari can also qualify for the Masters in San Antonio, but the world number 63 needs a top-three finish or better.

Australia's Steven Bowditch will defend his title against a field which includes Texas native Jordan Spieth, five-time major champion Phil Mickelson, FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel, Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson and US Open champion Martin Kaymer.

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