McIlroy, Quiros to play in Houston


Rory McIlroy, 19, has accepted a sponsor exemption to the Shell Houston Open April 2-5, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday. McIlroy, who collected his first European Tour title at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, is ranked 16th in the world.

Alvaro Quiros, ranked 26th in the world, also has accepted an invitation to compete at Redstone Golf Club’s Tournament Course. The 26-year-old Spaniard won the Qatar Masters earlier this year.

Quiros is a three-time winner on the European Tour, and has led the tour in driving the past three years.

The tournament also has received commitments from Greg Norman, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke, the Chronicle reported.

“Our … field is going to feature a number of world-class competitors bound for the Masters,” tournament director Steve Timms told the Chronicle.

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