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Martin Laird

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 190

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Martin Laird tacked on a 2-under-par 35-34=69 in today's third round of The Barclays to post 6-under 207, up one spot to T4, three back of 54-hole leader Rickie Fowler.
The 33-year-old began the third frame in a five-way T5 on 4-under, four back of 36-hole leader Patrick Reed. He striped 11 (of 14) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, recording 2.525 SG: Approach-the-Green and 3.797 SG: Tee-to-Green. The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident circled four birdies for 1.813 putts per GIR and a disappointing -1.025 in SG: Putting. Three of his four conversions fell from inside of 10 feet with a long of 16'3" at the par-3 17th. Laird, who entered the week 89th in the FedExCup standings, missed four birdie attempts from inside of 12 feet, including a six-footer at the par-4 finishing hole. Aug 27 - 7:05 PM

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Beginning off No. 10 tee, overnight co-leader Martin Laird bobbed and weaved to a 1-over-par 37-35=72 in the second round of The Barclays to post 4-under 138, down four spots to T5 with play still in progress.

The 33-year-old co-led with Patrick Reed after a bogey-free 66. It was his second lead/co-lead this season after any round in his 23rd start. Laird led after 18 holes at the opposite-field Barracuda, eventually finishing T7. On Day 2 at Bethpage Black, he improved to six (of 14) fairways and 1.600 putts per GIR, but dipped in all other stats. The Scot circled four birdies on just 10 greens in regulation, three from five feet or less, and a 31-foot bomb at the par-4 10th. He squared five bogeys however, all on failed scrambles, including three over his final five holes.
Aug 26 - 6:31 PM

Martin Laird torched the Black Course at Bethpage State Park en route to a bogey-free, 5-under-par 32-34=66 during his opening round of The Barclays, grabbing an early share of the clubhouse lead with Patrick Reed.

The Scot split just five (of 14) fairways but gained 2.61 strokes approaching-the-green to still manage 15 greens in regulation. While the iron-play was on point, he still needed plenty of clutch putting to maintain a clean card. On the day he splashed in five putts from outside seven feet and also holed a 22'2" birdie from the fringe at the par-3 third. Laird missed the cut at the 2009 U.S. Open in his Bethpage Black debut and returned with a measly T71 at the 2012 Barclays. He's off to a much better start this time around, but he'll need to hit more than five fairways per round if he wants to keep his name in the mix.
Aug 25 - 1:46 PM

Martin Laird fashioned a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the final round of the RBC Canadian Open to reach 11-under 277, up four places into a three-way T2, one adrift of champion Jhonattan Vegas.

The 33-year-old arrived this week at No. 126 in the FedExCup standings with just two top 10s in 19 events and only five events remaining until the start of the Playoffs. He was making his fifth RBC appearance with a previous best of T16 in 2009, also at Glen Abbey GC. The Scot, chasing his fourth TOUR title, first since the 2013 Valero Texas Open, departs with a season best, previously T7 at the opposite-field Barracuda, and his sixth career runner-up in his 210th career event. He began R4 in a six-way T6, three back of 54-hole leader Brandt Snedeker. Laird circled six, including three straight '3s' on Nos. 9-11, kicking off the run with a 45-footer at the par-4 ninth. His lone blemish was bogey-4 at the 12th (failed scramble). Laird leaps 47 spots to 79th in FEC points and this is his best finish on TOUR since his win at the VTO over 39 months ago.
Jul 24 - 7:52 PM

Martin Laird turned in a 4-under-par 34-34=68 after the third round of the RBC Canadian Open to reach the three-quarter pole on 6-under 210, up 16 places on the live leaderboard to T5, three back of clubhouse leader Brandt Snedeker.

The 33-year-old was the 18-hole leader two starts ago at the opposite-field Barracuda (Modified Stableford) and eventually finished a season-best T7. He arrived this week at No. 126 in the FedExCup standings with just two top 10s in 19 events and only five events remaining until the start of the Playoffs. The Scot began the third frame on 2-under (T21) after opening his fifth Canadian Open in 73-69. He striped eight (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, currently leading the field in the latter at 81.48 percent (44/54). Laird outpaced one bogey (failed scramble) with five birdies, each from inside of 12 feet.
Jul 23 - 4:27 PM

Martin Laird settled for an even-par 36-36=72 in today's final round of the Barracuda Championship to gather 3 points and post a four-day tally of 31 points, down three places to solo seventh.

The 33-year-old was making his fourth appearance in Reno and continued the love affair with his fourth top-10 finish. He began the finale in solo fourth with 28 points, 11 points back of 54-hole leader and eventual champ Greg Chalmers. The Scot exchanged bogeys on Nos. 3, 12 and 14 with birdies on 9, 13 and 18. For the week, he totaled 20 birdies against nine bogeys en route to a season best and just a second top 10 (T8, Farmers) in his 18th start.
Jul 3 - 9:58 PM

Martin Laird conjured up a 2-under-par 36-34=70 in today's third round of the Barracuda Championship to gather 6 points, down two spots to solo fourth with 28 points total.

The 33-year-old began the third frame in a two-way T2 with 22 points, 2 points shy of 36-hole leader Greg Chalmers. Playing out of the penultimate twosome, he outpaced two bogeys with four birdies but now trails Chalmers by 11 points. The Scot striped 12 (of 14) fairways and hit 13 greens in regulation, but was dismal around the green and on the green, posting a -0.901 in the former and a -0.816 in the latter. He bogeyed the first on a failed scramble and 3-putted the 14th from 51 feet, but outpaced them with birdies on Nos. 2, 11, 15 and 17, saving his longest for last with a 22'5" roll on the par-4 17th. Laird missed birdie from 3'6" at the par-5 13th and then 3-putted the par-5 18th for par.
Jul 2 - 11:27 PM

Overnight leader Martin Laird faded late in his round but still managed a 2-under-par 38-32=70 during day two of the Barracuda Championship, adding seven points to his total to reach 22 on the week.

The Scot maintained his steady ball-striking with 13 fairways hit and 12 greens in regulation. He opened on the back nine and was cruising along at 5-under through 10 holes, carding no bogeys along the way. From there he added a trio of blemishes, all with the flat stick. He missed putts of 4'6", 4'10", and 3'4" over his final six holes, all three leading to bogeys. Laird entered the week as a course horse, and should be expected to bounce back in round three, assuming he doesn't let this abysmal putting performance creep back into his head.
Jul 1 - 8:44 PM

Martin Laird sliced through Montrêux Golf and Country Club with a 7-under-par 32-33=65 during the opening round of the Barracuda Championship, giving himself the early lead with 15 points.

Laird entered the week with three top 10s at this event in three tries, but just one since the move to Modified Stableford scoring in 2012. That latest finish was a T6 in 2014 and the Scot picked up right where he left off, circling eight birdies while swallowing just one bogey. Three of his birdie splashes came from 12-to-17 feet but his most notable putt was a 26-footer to save par at the par-4 fifth hole. Laird has now posted rounds of 66 or better in six of his nine competitive rounds at Montrêux G&CC. With this kind of course history, gamers should expect him to stick around near the top all week.
Jun 30 - 3:25 PM

Martin Laird authored a bogey-free 3-under-par 33-35=68 in today's final round of the Quicken Loans National to wrap his sixth appearance on 4-under 280, up 16 places to T30 with play still in progress.

The Colorado State alum had dropped outside the top 125 in the FedExCup standings after three straight missed cuts so he needed to reverse course. He didn't light it up this week but he's on track for his first top-40 finish since T11 at Riviera back in February. The 33-year-old hit 14 greens in regulation and converted two par breakers along the way. He eagled the par-5 sixth from 18'8" and birdied the par-4 eighth from 6'6", otherwise carding 16 pars, highlighted by a zero-putt version at the par-4 fifth, holing-out from 25'8" away.
Jun 26 - 2:21 PM

Martin Laird ranks 117th in the FedExCup standings ahead of this week's Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Scot is 9-for-12 on the season with a lone top 10 at the Farmers at the end of January (T8). His next best was T11 at the Northern Trust but has since posted CUT-CUT-T43 and T66 in his last start at the Houston Open five weeks ago. The 33-year-old has cashed four times in seven attempts at Quail Hollow with a best of T26 in 2012. More recently, he posted T55 last year after rounds of 72-70-73-71.
May 4 - 5:51 PM

Martin Laird signed for a 2-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of the Northern Trust Open to post 8-under 276, up eight spots on the live leaderboard to T11.

Laird moved to 7-for-8 on the season with just his second top 25 (T8, Farmers) and also his second top-25 finish at the Northern Trust (T25/2011). After opening his seventh visit to Riviera CC in 68-70-69, he began the finale on 6-under (T19). Thru 17 holes, the 33-year-old outpaced two bogeys with three birdies before dropping a four-footer at the par-4 18th for a walk-off 3. For the week, he circled 15 birdies against seven bogeys, the latter was ranked T8 at the time he signed his card.
Feb 21 - 5:51 PM

Martin Laird conjured up a 5-over-par 41-36=77 in the two-day final round of the Farmers Insurance Open for a 72-hole aggregate of 1-under 287, good for a five-way tie for eighth.

Laird posted his second straight top 10 at the Farmers (T7/2015) and first top 10 of the season in six events. He had five holes to complete on Monday when play resumed, and he carded five straight pars while bogeys (or worse) were flying everywhere else. The 33-year-old originally began his final frame on Sunday on 6-under (T9) after opening in 69-68-73. For the week, he totaled 14 birdies, nine bogeys and two doubles and led the field in greens in regulation (55/72) at 76.39 percent.
Feb 1 - 6:48 PM

Martin Laird authored a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 in the second round of the Farmers Insurance Open to reach the midpoint at 7-under 137, up 11 spots on the live leaderboard to T4, two adrift of 36-hole co-leaders Gary Woodland and K.J. Choi.

The Scot is making his eighth FIO appearance and owns a personal-best T7 in last year's edition, his only top 10 thus far at Torrey Pines. He was T2 thru 36 holes and two back after opening in 68-68, but a third-round 4-over 76 knocked him off the pace, finishing with 3-under 69 on Torrey Pines South. This year, he began with another 69 on the South Course (six birdies, one bogey and a double), and tacked on today's blemish-free four-birdie effort. The 33-year-old landed just four (of 14) fairways but managed 14 greens in regulation, settling for a pedestrian 1.929 putts per GIR.
Jan 29 - 6:08 PM

Martin Laird arrives at the holiday break ranked 110th in the FedExCup standings.

The Scot finished 99th on the FEC leaderboard last season, so it's all status quo early on. As he approaches 200 career PGA TOUR career starts, he currently sports a 65 percent ratio of cuts made. Not too shabby, but the 10 podium finishes is what really impresses. Laird had coincidentally recorded a victory every other season until he broke that streak last year. Perhaps he can restart that trend in 2016.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 11:06:00 PM