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.
“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.”