Laird sits one back: 'Excited to play good golf again'


Martin Laird has missed seven cuts this season but is only one off the Wyndham lead through 36. (Getty)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Mired in a slump for much of the season, Martin Laird hasn’t had much fun on the course. After a return to his old swing coach and a strong start to the Wyndham Championship, the Scot has reason to smile.

Laird followed an opening 65 with a 4-under 66 Friday at Sedgefield Country Club, carding seven birdies to move within a shot of the lead held by Heath Slocum and Scott Langley.

“I’m just excited to be playing good golf again,” Laird said. “You forget how much fun golf can be when you go through a spell like I did for 6-7 months where you’re just playing bad.”

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Laird has missed seven cuts this season, and missed six cuts in nine starts from the Valero Texas Open to the Quicken Loans National. At No. 136 in the FedEx Cup standings, Laird likely needs at least a top-11 finish this week in Greensboro to punch his ticket to The Barclays, though his card for the 2014-15 season is secure based upon his win at TPC San Antonio last year.

Laird returned to longtime swing coach Mark McCann about six weeks ago, and he cites their reunion as a large reason why his name is once again near the top of a PGA Tour leaderboard.

“We kind of went back to some of the things I used to do,” he said. “There were a couple things I was doing that probably weren’t great for my style of golf. I like to see the ball go left-to-right predominantly, so just trying to get back to hitting a cut most of the time.”