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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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Lawrie holds nerve to seal first tour win in nine years

Paul Lawrie rolled back the years today as he won the Open de Andalucia by one shot, over Swede Johan Edfors.

The Scot finished on 12 under par, with Edfors 11 under and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar one shot back on 10 under.

Paul Lawrie held off fierce competition to win his first tournament since 2002

Having led overnight, I was hoping Lawrie could hold his nerve. He did just that, but after a terrible start. He bogeyed three of his first five holes, having only dropped one shot all week.

But, he managed to get back on track and birdied the 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th to seal his first victory in 9 years. That came in 2002, when he won the Welsh Open at Celtic Manor. Of course, he also won the  British Open at Carnoustie in 1999.

The Aberdonian told Sky Sports : “It’s nice, it’s been a long time, nine years, and I’ve had a few second places in there too…I played lovely and the putter behaved better. I got on a nice run at the right time.”

Here’s the rest of that interview….

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 It was a great day for golf  as the sun shone non-stop, but high winds made it tricky for the players. However it added to the enjoyment.

In fact, at one point, 6 players were separated by just one shot!

It was good to see Lawrie win  after a 9-year drought and to see a Scot lift a trophy again. It has been a while since that last happened and hopefully this paves the way for other Scots.

In fact, Scottish born Martin Laird leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational in America as I write.

I hope I haven’t jinxed it now…

So, a good little spell for Scottish golfers and long may it continue!

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