The Open 2013

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Laird still dreaming

Scot races round Lytham in just 142 minutes

Last Updated: 22/07/12 3:24pm

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Martin Laird playing on his own in Sunday's final round

Martin Laird playing on his own in Sunday's final round

Martin Laird is still hoping to play in the Ryder Cup in September despite doing his chances no good during a disappointing Open Championship.

The Scot salvaged some dented pride and confidence after signing off with a level-par 70 as first man out on the final day at Royal Lytham.

Playing on his own with a marker, he knocked 12 shots off his third-round score which had left him rock-bottom of the 83 players who made the cut.

After getting round in just 142 minutes, Laird said: "I'll forget about Saturday and remember this one. It's probably the worst I've ever driven the ball - I counted it up last night and I was in nine bunkers.

"It was just one of those days. I tried to sort out what happened on the first two days.

"The way I had played was not going to win, so I tried to fix it to get back in the tournament and it went the other way.

"But I love this course. I really enjoyed playing it, even after Saturday. It's very fair, which I will say after shooting 82."

Laird, who finished at 11 over, now needs strong performances at next months WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship if he is to force his way into Jose Maria Olazabal's Ryder Cup plans.

"I'm not writing myself off," he added. "I still don't think I'm done. Win one of the next two and I'd think it would be difficult not to pick me."

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