Nov. 8, 2010
By Jeff Black
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Since graduating from Colorado State in 2004, Martin Laird has put together a very impressive career on the golf course, but his most recent success has brought him into prominence on the PGA Tour.
Last Sunday, in the inaugural CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Laird finished third. He even held the lead at one point during the final nine holes, but was edged by Ben Crane and Brian Davis to finish alongside Luke Donald, two strokes behind the winner, Crane.
A week earlier, defending his 2009 title at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas, Nev., Laird led the field throughout the tournament, only to end in a three-way tie for the lead after regulation. In the playoff, Jonathan Byrd sunk a hole-in-one to claim the title.
The Scot’s six top-10 appearances this year have shot him up six places in the world rankings, to 49th, his first ranking in the top 50. If he can retain his rank until Dec. 31, Laird will compete in all four majors and all world golf championship events in 2011.
Laird still holds many records at CSU, including career top-10 and top-20 finishes, single-season stroke average, and the most individual tournaments won in a career.