Lairds Ryder Cup ambitions


ORLANDO, Fla. – He may have attended Colorado State, live in Scottsdale, Ariz., and play the PGA Tour almost exclusively but Martin Laird is as Scottish as blood pudding and seaside links.

Asked on Friday after his second-round 65 moved him atop the Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard if he ever thinks about playing for Europe in the Ryder Cup he quickly conceded 2012 is already on his mind.

“The way they changed the qualification system helped me a little, the way they pick off the World Ranking points,” Laird said. “If I have to go back to Europe and play to make that team it will definitely be something I’m up for.”

Laird played four events on the European Tour in 2010, including the Open Championship, as an affiliate member but gave up his tour card this year. Next year, however, he plans to take up affiliate membership again, as well as team membership in the Jose Maria Olazabal’s squad.