Laird ends seven-year wait for PGA title with play-off win at Shriners

By Sacha Pisani 12 October 2020 8
Laird ends seven-year wait for PGA title with play-off win at Shriners

Martin Laird reigned supreme at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after winning a three-way play-off on Sunday.

Scottish golfer Laird birdied the second play-off hole to pip Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff to the title at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.

It ended Laird's seven-year wait for a fourth PGA Tour trophy, having last won the Texas Open in 2013.

The triumph was also Laird's second Shriners Hospitals for Children Open crown, 11 years after capturing his first, as he became the first player to win on Tour competing as a sponsor exemption since Wolff in 2019.

A play-off was needed after Laird (68), and American duo Cook (66) and Wolff (66) finished tied at 23 under – three strokes clear – through 72 holes following four rounds.

Laird had led by three shots following a memorable moment on the ninth hole, where he holed an incredible eagle.

Wolff has now finished runner-up in each of his last two starts and three of his last 10, including second spot at the U.S. Open.

Abraham Ancer finished in sole possession of fourth place at 20 under after posting a final-round 67, a stroke ahead of Peter Malnati (66), James Hahn (68) and Will Zalatoris (69).

U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau catapulted himself into a share of eighth place, five shots off the pace.

DeChambeau – the 2018 winner – holed an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys for a five-under-par 66 ahead of next month's rescheduled Masters.

Sergio Garcia (73) ended the event 12 under, alongside defending champion Kevin Na (76).

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