Martin Laird is a Scottish professional golfer, playing on the PGA Tour. Until Russell Knox earned his card via the 2011 Nationwide Tour, Laird was the only Scottish player on the Tour. He has won four PGA tour events in his career, most recently the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2020.
About Martin Laird in brief
Martin Laird is a Scottish professional golfer, playing on the PGA Tour. Until Russell Knox earned his card via the 2011 Nationwide Tour, Laird was the only Scottish player on the Tour. He has won four PGA tour events in his career, most recently the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2020.Laird was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and 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. 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. He won four individual titles in college events from 2000–01 to 2003–04. In 2004 he played in a single Nationwide Tour event, the Envirocare Utah Classic, but did not make the cut. In 2005 he concentrated full-time on the Nationwide Tour. In 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 Arizona. He qualified for the 2007 U.S. Open, his first major, but scored 76 and 79 and didn’t make the cuts. He ended the year at 251 in the Official World Golf Rankings. In 2008 Laird had a poor start to the year and was ranked 268th in the World Rankings.
He eventually finished at 67 in the FedEx Cup standings and he took USD 110,000 of the Bonus Pool. 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 USD 12,000. In 2011 he won the Children’s Miracle Network Classic, earning him USD 90,000 and then finished tied 3rd in the season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship. His earnings of USD 252,679 earnings placed him 13th place on the. Nationwide Tour’s money list, to earn his Pga Tour card for 2008. Before the final event of the season, he was 126th in PGA. Tour’s Pool Pool money list behind Shane Bertsch. Only the top players would retain their cards for the 2009 season and with Bertsch finishing for the 21st tournament tied for 21st, he gave him 125th on the money list. He finished the year tied for 49,680, tied for 11,504, ahead of Bertsch, who dropped to 126th to finish the season tied for 25th. In 2010 he finished at 125,680 and won the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship. He also won the Children’s Hospitals for Children Open, earning USD 546,225. His good performance in The Barclays gave him entry into the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship, giving him entries into the Deutsche Bank Championship.