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Martin Laird

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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Past champ and World No. 98 Martin Laird pieced together a 1-over-par 39-33=72 in the second round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and at 2-over 72-72=144, missed the cut by one shot.
A total of 78 pros from a field of 144 pros made the cut of 1-over 143, 16 players T63 on the number. The 2009 playoff winner, a pre-tourney 40/1 outright, landed 18 (of 28) fairways in two laps around TPC Summerlin and 24 greens in regulation, gaining 1.445 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.935 around-the-green and 2.183 on-the-green. This is just his second MC (2014) in nine visits to Vegas and the first time he did not post a sub-par round. Other notable early exits include: 144- Harris English; Hunter Mahan; J.B. Holmes, Patrick Rodgers .. 145- 2016 champ Smylie Kaufman; Chris Kirk; Jamie Lovemark .. 146- 2015 champ Ben Martin; Tyler Duncan .. 147- Jimmy Walker .. 148- Scott Strohmeyer .. 150- Andrew Landry .. 155- Nick Watney. Nov 4 - 12:14 PM

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Past champ and World No. 98 Martin Laird makes his ninth appearance in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

The 34-year-old is 7-for-8 at TPC Summerlin with three top 25s and two top 10s, highlighted by a P2 in 2009 (as defender) and a P1 in 2009 in his second appearance. The P1 was his first (of three) TOUR titles in 240 career starts, last tasting victory at the 2013 Valero Texas Open 106 starts ago. The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident finished 56th in the FedExCup standings last season with eight top 25s among 18 cuts made in 25 starts. He had five top 10s with a season-best T3 at the Quicken Loans in July, his lone top 5 of the season. The Colorado State alum opened this season with T17 at the Safeway four weeks ago, T11 thru 54 holes.
Nov 1 - 8:09 PM

Martin Laird twirled a 4-under-par 33-33=66 during round one of the Wyndham Championship, but a personal issue has forced him to withdraw before the second round. UPDATE: Laird returned to action at THE NORTHERN TRUST and currently sits T15 on the leaderboard after opening rounds of 69-69 for 2-under 138.

The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident traded six birdies with a pair of bogeys on Thursday to find himself in the hunt. There is no further information on the personal issue that is forcing the WD, but it must be serious since this is his first mid-tourney WD of his career (236th start). At 55th in the FedExCup standings, Laird will have a spot in next week's NORTHERN TRUST, if he chooses to peg it.
Aug 18 - 8:59 AM

Martin Laird heads home for a showdown with Quail Hollow Club at this week's PGA Championship.

The Charlotte resident is 5-for-8 at Quail Hollow (Wells Fargo Championship starts). His best finish in that event is a T26 (2012) so the local knowledge hasn't helped all that much. Laird's PGA Championship resume isn't anymore promising, just 2-for-5 with nothing better than T42. More recently, he's missed the cut in three of his last four starts with a T3 sandwiched in between. With five top 10s on the season, Laird has proven that he's not afraid of contention when his game is clicking, but his results are a little too erratice to fully trust in all fantasy formats.
Aug 9 - 1:20 PM

World No. 111 Martin Laird shot a 3-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National for a four-day total of 5-under 275, up six spots to a season-best T3, two back of a two-man playoff involving Kyle Stanley and Charles Howell III.

After opening in 67-72-69, the 34-year-old began T9 on 2-under, five back of 54-hole leader David Lingmerth. He found 11 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 3.826 strokes tee-to-green. The Colorado State alum was bogey-free 4-under thru 17 holes, circling Nos. 2, 7, 9 and 14 (from 23'7"), before walking off with bogey-5 on a failed scramble. His split featured three conventional, adding a pitch-in 3 at the 14th from 39 yards away, posting 1.769 putts per GIR and -0.406 SG: Putting. This was the Scot's third top 25 at the QLN in seven attempts and first top 10 (T11/2012). It's his seventh top 25 of the season in 19 starts and fifth top 10, eclipsing a previous-best T7 at the WM Phoenix Open back in February, and the T3 will get him a spot into The Open in three weeks.
Jul 2 - 6:19 PM

World No. 111 Martin Laird navigated a 1-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National to reach 2-under 208, up five spots to T11 with play still in progress.

On 10 (of 14) fairways and 10 greens in regulation, the 34-year-old outpaced a lone bogey-5 at four with back-to-back birdies at 15 and 16, both from between 11 and 17 feet. He needed just 27 total putts, posting a pedestrian 1.800 putts per GIR but still paces the field in the latter thru 54 holes (1.581). The Colorado State alum gained 1.943 strokes off-the-tee but lost 1.532 approaching-the-green.
Jul 1 - 6:01 PM

Martin Laird roller-coastered his way toward a 3-under-par 32-35=67 during round one of the Quicken Loans National, positioning himself right in the hunt after Thursday.

Laird got his day started with a 7'10" birdie splash at the par-5 10th. He would give it back with a bogey at 11 which was the story of the day, a lot of bogeys (5) and a lot of birdies (8). The highlight of the round was a 38'8" birdie bomb at the par-3 12th, but all of his other circles came on putts from inside 16 feet. Laird wasn't missing many chances that he had, except for a short, 3-foot par-saving attempt at the 5th. Despite that short miss, the Scot would walk off the course gaining 3.158 strokes with the putter. Laird entered the week with six straight finishes outside the top 30 but he'll be tough to beat if he keeps rolling the rock like he did today.
Jun 29 - 5:34 PM

Martin Laird concocted a 4-under-par 34-34=68 during the second round of the Memorial Tournament, arriving at the midpoint on 5-under 139, good for a spot inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard.

The Scot opened his day on the back nine and grinded out four pars before collecting his first birdie. He needed par saves from 13'3" and 8'7" at the 11th and 13th holes. That was the story of the day for Laird, as he'd later convert two more par putts from the 6-to-9 foot range to keep the momentum rolling. The highlight of the day came at the par-4 18th, though, where he splashed in a 31'1" chip shot for a bonus birdie. This round could have very easily been an even-par round, but 3.417 strokes gained putting and 0.719 strokes around-the-green really kept the round glued together. Playing his 16th round at Muirfield Village, this is the first time eclipsing 71 for Laird. That could mean he's finally figured out the course, or perhaps he's due for a drift as the week progresses.
Jun 2 - 12:52 PM

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

Beginning off No. 10 tee, past champ and World No. 110 Martin Laird tossed up a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in the second round of the Valero Texas Open to post 5-under 139, up 66 spots on the leaderboard to T4, three back of 36-hole clubhouse leader Bud Cauley.

This is the 34-year-old's sixth appearance, winning the 2013 edition in 14-under 274 (70-71-70-63). That isn't the all-time tournament record, but it is tied for low aggregate since the tourney moved to TPC San Antonio in 2010. It's also the Scot's most recent (of three) TOUR titles in a 225 career starts. He kicked off this week with an up-and-down even-par 72 (four birdies, four bogeys) and found nine (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation on Day 2, circling six for the good versus a lone bogey-5 at the first (his 10th hole). The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident birdied Nos. 11, 12, 2, 5, 6 and 8, two from between 14 and 18 feet.
Apr 21 - 1:48 PM

Past champ and World No. 111 Martin Laird styled a 4-under-par 34-34=68 in today's second round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational for a 36-hole total of 1-over 145, up 55 places to T49 with play still in progress.

This is the 34-year-old's eighth appearance and should improve to 8-for-8 depending on how the afternoon wave fares. He has one just one prior finish inside the top 30, a win in 2011 (70-65-70-75), the second of his two TOUR titles in 223 career events. The Colorado State alum is making his 10th appearance of the season and has five top 25s, four for top 10s, and arrived at 25th in the FedExCup standings. He labored to a 77 in R1 (three birdies, three bogeys, one double, one triple) but rebounded for a five-birdie one-bogey showing in R2. The Scot landed 10 (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting 1.997 SG: Tee-to-Green and 2.471 SG: Putting. He birdied each of the four par 5s, highlighted by a long of 25'4" at the fourth, and walked off with birdie-3 at 18 from 8'1".
Mar 17 - 2:36 PM

World No. 117 Martin Laird orchestrated a 5-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the Genesis Open for a 72-hole total of 10-under 274, up 11 places to T9 with play still in progress.

This was the Scot's eighth appearance and third top 25, possibly a first top 10. His best is T11 last year, so he's on the verge of eclipsing that. After beginning in 70-68-70, the 34-year-old began the final frame on 5-under (T20), a distant 12 back of 54-hole leader Dustin Johnson but just two off the top 10. He squared a pair of bogey-5s at holes 2 and 18, but erased them with five birdies and eagle at the par-5 first from 32'9". Laird, who hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gained 4.200 strokes with the flat stick, buoyed by the eagle bomb and two birdies from between 15 and 20 feet.
Feb 19 - 7:20 PM

World No. 143 Martin Laird back-pedaled to a birdie-less 2-over-par 36-37=73 in today's final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open for a four-day total of 13-under 271, down five places into a two-way T7.

The Scottsdale resident was making his ninth visit to TPC Scottsdale and this is his third top 10, joining T5 in 2015, where he was the 54-hole leader by three, and T3 in 2011. After kicking off in progressively better laps of 67-66-65, he began R4 in solo 2nd, one shy of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An. The 34-year-old mustered six (of 14) fairways and landed 13 greens in regulation, posting a dismal 2.000 putts per GIR and -1.061 SG: Putting. He squared bogeys on holes 3 and 18 and missed four birdie tries from 10 feet and in. This is Laird's third top 10 of the season in six starts, bettering a T8 at the Safeway Open.
Feb 5 - 6:07 PM

World No. 143 Martin Laird twirled a 6-under-par 32-33=65 in the third round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to reach 15-under 198, up one spot to solo 2nd, one shy of 54-hole leader Byeong Hun An, who shot bogey-free 65.

The 34-year-old was the 54-hole leader here in 2015 (by three) but closed in 1-over 72 for T5. He began the third frame today in a four-way T3 on 9-under, one back of 36-hole co-leaders An and Brendan Steele. Playing out of the final threesome, he striped 10 (of 14) fairways and landed 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.583 putts per GIR and 1.703 SG: Putting. The Scot squared bogey at the par-3 second but played his final 16 holes in blemish-free 7-under, including a four-birdie answer to the dropped shot at 2. He converted six conventional birdies, four from between 11 and 20 feet, adding a 19-footer from the fringe at the par-4 sixth. Laird is chasing his fourth TOUR title in 220 career starts, first since the 2013 Valero Texas Open, where he came from five back with 9-under 63 to win by two.
Feb 4 - 6:33 PM

Martin Laird grinded out a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-34=66 during the second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, reaching 9-under 133 after two days to find himself one stroke off the pace set by early leader Byeong Hun An.

The part-time Scottsdale resident landed just 11 greens in regulation but maintained a clean card with some tidy scrambling. It was a steady stream of putts being converted, splashing home nine putts from 5'11" or longer by day's end. That included a three-pack of putts from the 18-to-25 foot range. Laird walked off the course gaining 4.906 strokes putting on the day. The 34-year-old arrived with three top 20s already on his WM Phoenix Open resume, and is well on his way to a fourth after day two.
Feb 3 - 2:26 PM