Martin Laird clinched his fourth PGA Tour title with a dramatic victory at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

This was the Scot’s second Shriners Open victory and his first PGA Tour win in seven years. 

Playing on a sponsor’s exemption as he returns from knee surgery, Laird had to hole a twenty-two foot putt on the second play-off hole against Matthew Wolff and Austin Cook to seal victory and a return to the winners circle.

“When I sit back and think about it, this win might go right to the top just because it’s been a while,” Laird said. “I had a bunch of life changes since my last win. Now I’ve got a couple kids who kept asking me when I was going to win the trophy. It’s going to be nice to take a trophy home for them this time.”

Standing on the seventeenth tee-box, with a one shot lead, Martin pushed his tee shot right onto a hill. This left him with a very difficult pitch from a downslope, over a cart part, through trees with water behind the green. 

Laird pulled off an almost impossible shot to find the green and then buried his seventeen foot putt to save par. This provided him with the buffer that he needed, as he went on to make bogey on the final hole of the tournament, to finish on twenty three under par and send it to a three-way play-off. 

The superb pitch on seventeen wasn’t the only miraculous shot that Martin pulled off on Sunday. On the par five ninth, his second shot finished in the upper lip of a bunker, almost buried.

With an awkward stance and a tricky lie to deal with, he hit a tremendous bunker shot and holed out for eagle. He eagled this hole three times in four rounds. 

“Obviously I wasn’t planning on holing it… but I was hopeful of getting inside maybe ten feet if it came out pretty good. I hit it hard as I could. The sand exploded and I couldn’t see anything, and I managed to open my eyes up as the ball landed and it started tracking. I enjoyed being down to the level of the bunker and watching that one go in. I’m not going to lie.”

With this win, Martin has secured full status for a further two seasons after this one and has moved to fourth in the FedEx Cup rankings. 

Well done on the well-deserved victory, Martin. We are so proud of the resilience you have shown over the last number of years!

Well done to both Laurie Canter and Martin Laird on securing spots into the 146th Open Championship at Royal Birkdale later this month.

Canter secured his tee-time after a thrilling play-off on Tuesday at Final Qualifying against two other players at Notts Hollinwell Golf Course.

“Obviously it will be a great week, I’m just excited to get going,” said Canter, who is in his second full year on the European Tour.

“Tuesday was a fairly long day and I’m having a bit of a come down, but the prospect of playing at the Open will be brilliant. I’m definitely playing the most consistent golf I have ever played in my life, I’ve got some really good people around me now,”

Laurie shot a bogey free 67 in the morning and followed it up with a 2 under 70, to see him finish the day on -7 – good enough for a tie for third with two others.

In the first sudden death hole against Italian Stefano Mazzoli and Englishman Rhys Nevin-Wharton, Canter holed a nervy 10ft to avoid elimination.

Mazzoli was knocked out of contention at the second and a third par on the trot was enough for Canter to see off Nevin-Wharton after they teed it up for a third time.

Scotland’s Martin Laird earned his place at The Open by finishing tied for third at the Quicken Loans National in Maryland.

He shot a final round 67 (three under par), to end the event on five under.

“Anytime you can play in an Open, that’s my favourite tournament of the year,” said Laird.

“To have the chance to play it anytime is special. I’ve heard great things about Birkdale.”

Not only has Martin qualified for The Open, but he is also back in the world’s top 100 (87th) for the first time in more than three years, which shows the great golf that he is playing at the moment.

Martin and Laurie will join Dustin, Brooks and Thorbjorn who have already qualified for The Open Championship. What a great week at Royal Birkdale it is going to be!

Frenchman Joël Stalter has secured a place at this week’s US Open after coming through an international sectional qualifier in Walton Heath, on Monday 29th May.

The 24-year-old finished the 36 holes of qualifying on 11 under par, to secure a T5 finish. He had a first round of 68, followed up by a flawless 65 to secure a spot at his maiden major.

Martin Laird became the third Scot to qualify after coming through a 120 man field in Ohio Colombus. He shot a pair of 67’s at Brookside and Lakes courses to finish his on 10 under par. This was enough to give him a T4 finish, just two behind leading qualifier, JT Poston.

“It was pretty windy but shooting five-under on my front nine meant I was taking less risks on the back nine as I knew 10-under was probably pretty good,” said Laird.

Joël and Martin will join Brooks Koepka and defending champion and World Number 1, Dustin Johnson at Erin Hills to compete on this tough track.