The Scot was six adrift of overnight leaders Alexander Noren and Francesco Molinari heading into the third round, yet delivered a masterclass at Inverness.
Laird produced nine birdies in all - efforts that capped round of 64, that included just one bogey, to leave him 14 under par alongside Thomas Levet, who was through 16.
The Frenchman enjoyed a sparkling run on the back nine, birdying five holes in six immediately after the turn.That, however, was not enough to stave off Molinari, who began in a manner that has been all too familiar for his opponents in recent times.
He and Noren then further illustrated their form with two beautiful wedge shots to set up birdies that ensured they moved to 15 under.A shot adrift of Laird was Søren Kjeldsen, who followed up an opening 65 with 72 yesterday and began today knowing a surge would be necessary to challenge those at the top.
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