Martin LAIRD

Date of Birth - 29 December 1982

Place of Birth - Glasgow, Scotland

Turned Pro - 2004

Laird played his Junior golf at Kirkintilloch Golf CLub and then moving to

 play his youth golf at Hilton Park Golf Club. He learned to play golf left

-handed but eventually switched to playing right-handed.

In 2000, at the age of 17 and with the assistance of College Prospects of

 America, Laird moved to the United States to take up a golf scholarship

 at Colorado State University under head coach Jamie Bermel. He

 played for the Colorado State Rams in the Mountain West Conference

 which had been established in 1999. Playing for four years from 2000-01

 to 2003-04 he won four individual titles in college events. His wins were in

 the Mountain West Conference Men's Golf Championship (1 May 2002),

 El Diablo Intercollegiate (16 March 2003), Ping Golf Cougar Classic (26

 April 2003) and Border Olympics (2 April 2004). In his last 3 years he was

 selected as one of the All Mountain West Conference Selections. He

 graduated with a degree in marketing in 2004.

In 2009 he was selected as a member of the "Mountain West Men's Golf

 10th Anniversary Team".

Turning professional after college, he won his second professional

 tournament, the 2004 Denver Open, winning $12,000. In 2004 he played

 in a single Nationwide Tour event, the Envirocare Utah Classic, but did not

 make the cut. At the end of 2004 he qualified for the final stage of the

 PGA Tour's Qualifying School. He finished at 1 over par for a tie for 96th

 place, 18 shots behind the winner, fellow Brit, Brian Davis. This gave Laird

 conditional status for the 2005 Nationwide tour.

In 2005 he concentrated full-time on the Nationwide Tour. He had only

 limited success with a best position of tied 18th in 19 events and earnings

 of $18,488 placed him 156th in the Nationwide Tour's money list.

During 2006 Laird won the San Juan Open and a tournament on the

 Gateway Tour, a third tier tour, at The Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa in

 Azirona. He did not play on the Nationwide Tour but, as in 2004, he

 qualified for the final stage of the PGA Tour Qualifying School. His 2 under

 par total left him tied for 64th place, giving him full status on the

 Nationwide Tour for 2007.

In 2009, Laird won the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children

 Open in a three-man playoff for his first PGA Tour win, securing his Tour

 card for 2010 and 2011. He took the first prize of $756,000 and jumped

 from 134th to 62nd on the money list. By winning that tournament he

 became the first Scot to win a PGA Tour event in America since Sandy

 Lyle won the 1988 Masters Tournament, and the first Scotsman to win any

 PGA Tour event since Paul Lawrie's 1999 Open Championship triumph.

 Laird became the highest ranked Scot in the Official World Golf Rankings,

 his ranking rising from 237 to 108. The victory also gave him qualification

 for his first WGC event, the 2009 WGC-HSBC Champions tournament,

 where he finished tied for 54th place.

On 27 March 2011, Laird claimed the biggest title of his career at the

Arnold Palmer Invitational taking the first prize of $1,080,000. After three

 rounds of 70, 65 and 70 Laird had a two shot lead over Spencer Levin

 with Steve Marino and Bubba Watson a further two strokes behind. Laird

 dropped three shots on the front nine and then had a double-bogey at

 the 11th. At this stage Levin was also five over par for his round but

Marino was two under par, resulting in a seven shot swing and leaving

 Laird three shots behind Marino. Laird scored three birdies and a bogey in

 the next five holes, while Marino scored a bogey and then a double

-bogey at the par three 17th hole, leaving Laird now with a two shot

 lead. However Marino birdied the 18th, after holing an eight foot putt,

 leaving Laird needing to par the last hole to win. His second shot was on

 the green but eighty three feet away. He two-putted for the victory. This

 ensured that he became first ever European winner of the Arnold

 Palmer Invitational. After the tournament his world ranking rose to 21.

Laird is a long hitter, ranking in the top 20 on the PGA Tour average driving

 distance statistic in both 2009 and 2010.


World Cup 2011

  2006 San Juan Open

    2007 Athens Regional Foundation Classic

2009 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational

2013 Valero Texas Open

Ball played and signed by Martin LAIRD

Personal logo golf ball of Martin LAIRD

Personal logo golf ball of Martin LAIRD

Martin Lairds 2nd Round scorecard from the 2007 Chevron World Challenge

Marked and signed by Keegan Bradley