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