Martin Laird Wins PGA Tour & # 039; s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open after playoff

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Martin Laird & # 39; s last win came at the Valero Texas Open in 2013 -23: M Laird * (Sco), A Cook, M Wolff; -20: A Ancer (Mex); -19: P Malnati, J Hahn, W Zalatoris; -18: B DeChambeau, P Cantlay, J Suh, M NeSmith, Kim (Kor) * Indicates Playoff Winner

Martin Laird of Scotland drilled into a 20 foot birdie putt to claim his first PGA Tour title in over seven years at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Laird, 37, who shared the lead going into the final round, bogeyed the 18th hole to finish at 23 under and fell in a playoff with American pair Austin Cook and Matthew Wolff.

All three made par on the first extra hole before Laird won the next hole.

"This victory may well go to the top, because it's been a while," he said.

"I've had a lot of changes in my life since my last win. Now I have some kids who kept asking me when I was going to win the trophy. It's going to be fun to be a Trophy to take home for them this time. "

Laird had been involved in a play-off at the Shriners Open in 2010 when American Jonathan Byrd hit a hole-in -one took the fourth extra hole for the title.

His last round at the TPC Summerlin course in Las Vegas on Sunday featured a stunning eagle at the ninth hole when he fell in despite his ball appearing buried in a greenside bunker .

He scrambled to keep his lead by making par after finding the trees off the tee at 17, before three pits from 28ft on the last hole to get a crucial blow and end the day with a three-under-par 68.

It gave Cook and US Open second Wolff a play-off chance, but after his rivals par on the second extra hole, Laird got a fine putt and earned him the first prize of $ 1.26 million (£ 966,000), the largest of his career to date.

"I'm incredibly excited to have done that. You sometimes wonder if you'll get another one," added Laird, who now has four wins on the PGA Tour.

"Since my last victory I've & # 39; struggled with my game from time to time.

" I'm really proud on how I played this week. It was pretty special to see that putt go into that hole. "

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