Wednesday, 07 July 2010
Martin Laird  (Getty Images)
Martin Laird (Getty Images)

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Scotland's Martin Laird plays in this week's Barclays Scottish Open hoping to make it a successful homecoming.

The highest-ranked Scot in the Official World Golf Rankings at 116th, Laird has travelled to Europe from the US to play this week at Loch Lomond before moving on to St Andrews dreaming of Open Championship glory.

The field for The Barclays Scottish Open is impressive, with Graeme McDowell, Phil Mickelson and YE Yang - three of golf's four current Major champions - all in the field.

"To win the Scottish Open, obviously that would be as good as it gets and the same with The Open," said Laird.

The 27 year old has become a US PGA Tour winner since he finished tenth at The Barclays Scottish Open last year in what was his first European Tour event.

Based in America since he went to college there, Laird is back thanks to a sponsor's invitation, but for the second year running he qualified in the States for The Open Championship and has already been to St Andrews to see next week's set-up.

"I've been here a week now and played The Old Course on Saturday," said the Glaswegian.

"Winning there would be the absolute ultimate. Just to play next week is as good as it gets for me.

"I'm sure when I was younger I hit a putt imagining it was winning The Open at St Andrews or something like that. I remember as a kid watching The Open there - I'm guessing it was 2000 - and hoping that one day I would have the chance.

"Saturday was actually the sixth round I've played. First time was four rounds about 12 years ago in a schools event, then I played it in November with my dad.

"It's definitely a course you need to play a lot to get used to the lines. I think there are only four tee shots you see your ball land and see where it finishes.

"I took a caddie who's caddied there since 1976 with my regular caddie on Saturday to really give us some advice and tell us where to go and where not to go.

"That was a big help, but it was funny because we got to the 17th tee and I said to him 'Where is the line here?' He said 'I've never been on this tee before."

The most famous hole at The Home of Golf has been lengthened, with a new tee being built the other side of the disused railway line.

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