Sport in brief: Laird targets Ryder Cup spot after flying start
Saturday 09 January 2010
Golf: Scotland's Martin Laird got his PGA Tour season started in fine style in Hawaii and immediately targeted a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team in 10 months. Laird ended the opening day one shot behind first-round leader Lucas Glover at the SBS Championship at the Kapalua Resort's Plantation Course in a 28-player field restricted to last year's US Tour event winners.
The Glaswegian sank seven birdies and one bogey on the par-73, 7,411-yard course for a six-under-par 67. Laird, 28, has played his entire career in the United States having turned professional in 2004 after graduating from Colorado State University, and admitted he had not met 2010 Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie.
He does, however, intend to put that right ahead of this October's matches against the US at Celtic Manor in south Wales. "I've never met Monty but hopefully I'll get to know him pretty well this year," Laird said.
The Scot admitted he also has dreams of playing St Andrews, when the Open Championship marks its 150th anniversary this summer: "If there's ever a tournament I want to qualify for it's the Open, especially at St Andrews, My parents live 15 minutes from there, so in a big week I'd stay at home."
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