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Martin Laird

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/29/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 190

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Martin Laird arrives at the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club this week on quite the roll.
Laird has posted back-to-back ninth-place finishes at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Genesis Open, rebounding from a pair of missed cuts earlier in January. The Scotsman has been powerful off the tee box, although not terribly accurate. If he does get himself into trouble, he has shown amazing touch around the green from 20 yards in, helping him make up strokes should he have any earlier miscues off the tee. He has had the putter working, too, particularly in the final round when it matters most. Laird ranks seventh on the PGA Tour in putts per round on Sundays. Mar 7 - 6:03 PM

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World No. 116 Martin Laird tacked on a 3-under-par 33-35=68 in the final round of the Genesis Open to finish up on 7-under 277, up seven spots to T9 with play still in progress.

The Scottsdale, Arizona, resident improves to 6-for-9 at Riviera CC with four top 25s, three straight, and potentially a second top 10 after T8 last year. He arrived off a T9 two weeks ago at the WM Phoenix Open and is headed for a third top 25 of the season in seven starts and potentially a second top 10. The Colorado State alum carded three laps of 68 and a R2 73. He began the finale T16 on 4-under, two shy of the overnight top 10, and hit seven (of 14) fairways and only eight greens in regulation. The 35-year-old lost 1.564 strokes tee-to-green but gained 4.966 on-the-green with just 21 total putts. For the week, he tallied one eagle, a 3 on hole 17 today from 16'4", and 16 birdies versus 11 bogeys.
Feb 18 - 5:40 PM

Arriving with converging trends, Martin Laird kicked off the week at the Genesis Open with a smooth, 3-under-par 33-35=68, vaulting him inside the top 10 on the live leaderboard with play winding down for the day.

The Scot entered on the heels of a top 10 in Phoenix and also has top-11 finishes in his last two visits to Riviera Country Club. That turned out to be a simple recipe for five birdies, 11 pars, and two bogeys. Laird striped 10 (of 14) fairways to keep things relatively stress-free on approach. Walking off the course, he likely feels that he left a few out there on the greens, missing four putts from inside 11 feet. A pair of birdie bombs from the 23-to-28 foot range offset those shorter misses but I'm sure he'll look for more consistency with the flat stick over the final three rounds.
Feb 15 - 8:02 PM

World No. 137 Martin Laird tacked on a 3-under-par 31-37=68 in the final round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open to conclude on 13-under 271, up five places to a season-best T9.

This was the Scottsdale, Arizona, resident's 10th WMPO, fifth top 25 and fourth top 10, second straight (T7/2017). He's 3-for-6 on the season with two top 25 and one top 10, supplanting a T17 at the Safeway. It's his first top 10 since T3 at the Quicken Loans last July. After opening in 68-67-68, the 35-year-old began T14 on 10-under, one short of the overnight top 10. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, gaining 0.932 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.949 approaching-the-green. The Scot squared two bogey-5s at 11 and 15, outpaced by five circles, including four straight at 3-6, and 17. He posted 1.667 putts per GIR and 1.977 SG: Putting with 28 total putts. For the week, Laird totaled 22 birdies versus seven bogeys and one double.
Feb 4 - 6:22 PM

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.
Sat, Nov 4, 2017 12:14:00 PM

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.
Wed, Nov 1, 2017 08:09:00 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.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 08:59:00 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.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 01:20:00 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.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 06:19:00 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.
Sat, Jul 1, 2017 06:01:00 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.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 05:34:00 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.
Fri, Jun 2, 2017 12:52:00 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".
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 06:00:00 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.
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 01:48:00 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".
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 02:36:00 PM