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