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Martin Laird

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

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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 Charlotte 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

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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

World No. 140 Martin Laird ballooned to a 4-over-par 36-40=76 in today's third round of the Farmers Insurance Open and at 2-over 218, will not have a Sunday tee time.

A total of 79 pros made the 36-hole cut of even-par 144, 13 players T67 on the number, so a second cut of low 70 and ties came after 54 holes. Laird, who posted top 10s in each of the last two editions, arrived off a T9 at last week's CareerBuilder. He kicked off with a 2-under 70 on the North Course at Torrey Pines (four birdies, two bogeys), and chased with a two-birdie two-bogey 72 (South Course) to begin the third round T35. The 34-year-old made the turn in even-par, exchanging three birdies with three bogeys, but came home in birdie-less 4-over, including three straight squares on holes 11-13. He landed just eight greens in regulation and lost 5.038 strokes tee-to-green. Joining the Scot on the pine for Sunday are: 218- Jon Curran ... 219- John Huh ... 220- Brian Stuard; Billy Hurley III; Morgan Hoffmann.
Jan 28 - 7:06 PM

World No. 150 Martin Laird carded a 3-under-par 34-35=69 in the final round of the CareerBuilder Challenge to finish up his 10th straight appearance on 14-under 274, up four places to T9 with play still in progress.

The 34-year-old's previous best is T14 in 2012. This might be his first top 10, but it'll be his fifth top 25. After posting rounds of 68-66-71-69, he's now put 24 consecutive rounds in the red at the CBC. For the week, he had two eagle-2s and 16 birdies against six bogeys, and has opened this season with four top-30 finishes and 16 straight sub-par rounds. This will be his third top 15 in 2016-17 and a possible second top 10, joining a T8 at the Safeway in Napa.
Jan 22 - 5:10 PM