Laird feels right at home at rainy Phoenix Open


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Friday’s second round of the Waste Management Phoenix Open represented the best of both worlds for Martin Laird.

With steady rain throughout the day, the Scotsman was reminded of his home country. And yet, as a 14-year resident of the Scottsdale area, he was almost literally playing in his backyard here at TPC Scottsdale.

Somewhere in there might be the answer to why he posted a second straight 5-under 66 that vaulted him into the tournament lead.

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“It was a very Scottish day today with the kind of misty drizzle all day,” he said. “It would go off and then rain heavy and drizzle for a few holes. I don't think I have ever played here when it's like that. We get rain, but it's not sort of an all-day thing.”

Laird’s scorecard remained unblemished until the final hole, when a pushed drive led to his only bogey of the day – not that he was too upset.

“I held off for 17 holes. I'm very pleased with it. And obviously a little disappointed [with the bogey], but I'm not complaining. Five under is a hell of a lot better today than 5 under was yesterday.”