The Open: Martin Laird targets home win at Muirfield

Last Updated: 16/07/13 7:11pm

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Martin Laird: Scot targeting home Open success

Martin Laird: Scot targeting home Open success

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Martin Laird believes he is capable of notching a home success for Scotland in this week's Open Championship at Muirfield.

The 30-year-old Glaswegian, who has won three times on the PGA Tour, flew over from the United States for last week's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart and produced a solid performance to finish fifth.

He now believes he is ready for the challenges presented by the firm conditions at Muirfield.

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Laird said: "Playing an Open Championship in Scotland - it doesn't get any better. Getting in the mix on Sunday would be fantastic.

"I'd love it, to get my hands on that little jug at the end of the week. It would be the pinnacle of my career.

"You never know, if I can get in the mix, give myself that chance, I could see what happens. It's links golf, you never know what will happen.

"I played well last week and feel like my game is in good shape.

"I don't feel like I have come here and have to work on my short game, hit off the firm lies, or (practise) bump and runs - I did it all last week.

"It is more a case of learning the course and getting ready for Thursday. I feel ready to go.

"I like it so much here it doesn't take me long. Visually, there is nothing better than looking at a nice browned-up links course, it looks fantastic."

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