14 Things You Didn't Know About Martin Laird

14 Things You Didn't Know About Martin Laird

Get To Know Martin Laird
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Get to know multiple time PGA Tour winner, Martin Laird, a little better.

14 Things You Didn't Know About Martin Laird

Martin Laird is one of the most consistent performers on the PGA Tour and has qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs over 10 times since 2008.

With a number of huge victories, including the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational, get to know him a little bit better here.

14 Things You Didn't Know About Martin Laird

1. Martin Laird was born 29 December 1982 in Glasgow, Scotland.

2. Whilst growing up, Laird actually learned to play the game left-handed before later switching sides.

3. As a junior, he played his golf at Kirkintilloch Golf Club, moving to Hilton Park Golf Club where he was made an honorary member in 2008.

4. Laird lists his dad and Greg Norman as his heroes.

Get To Know Martin Laird

Laird with wife, Meagan during the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. (Photo by Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)

5. At the age of 17, Laird moved to the United States to take up a golf scholarship at Colorado State University.

6. Turning professional in 2004, Laird actually won his second professional tournament, the Denver Open.

7. Laird is often seen with the flag of Scotland on his belt, bag and balls.

8. In 2007, he would finish 13th on the Korn Ferry Tour money list, thus earning his PGA Tour card.

9. In his debut season on the PGA Tour, he would finish T21 to gain the 125th and final spot in the FedEx Cup.

10. Laird's hobbies include: watching football, listening to music and cars.

11. The Scotsman claimed his first PGA Tour title at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2009. Defeating George McNeill with a birdie on the third playoff hole.

12. Laird married Meagan Franks on 31 July 2011, with Meagan actively involved with the PGA Tour Wives Association.

Get To Know Martin Laird

Laird with Arnold Palmer at the 2011 Arnold Palmer Invitational. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)

13. In 2011, he became the first ever European winner of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his biggest career win to date.

14. Laird is an ambassador to ClubGolf in Scotland, with their goal being to introduce golf to every Scottish child by age 9.

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Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x