Laird comes out on top in pressure finale

Martin Laird has won the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill by one shot over Steve Marino, carding a 3 over-par round of 75.

Scot Martin Laird receives trophy from golfing legend and host of the event Arnold Palmer

Glasgow-born Laird held his nerve in the last few holes, after a terrible start. He was three over at the turn and double bogeyed 11. Tough conditions and tricky pin positions caused so many problems for the whole field, which made for a thrilling last few holes.

It went to the last where Laird needed a par to win, after American Steve Marino, looking for his first tour win, blew it in the last 3 holes. He needed 2 putts from 86ft to win it, and done it with confidence.

It’s very rare you would see an over par final round win you a competition but thankfully for Laird, it did.

The Scot moved over to America as a teen to follow his dream and learn his trade, and has played on the PGA Tour for a couple of years now. He done brilliantly and I was really pleased to see a Scot do so well over in America.

It really was a fantastic final day, one I watched myself and thoroughly enjoyed.

With very few Scots competing these days, it seems a long way away from the days of Sandy Lyle and Colin Montgomery when they were in their prime.

However, hopefully we are witnessing some sort of come-back with Laird flying the flag for Scotland. I have watched him a few times over the past year and has improved a lot, adding much-needed confidence to his game.

Paul Lawrie won the Andalucia Open earlier in the day for his first win since 2002

 But, to give him his due, he held his nerve to complete a magnificent win. In fact, a double winning weekend for the Scots as Paul Lawrie won the Andalucia Open, to make it a great weekend for the Scots.

Well done to the Scottish boys and lets hope they continue to do us proud!

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