PARAMUS, N.J. – You may have heard that Martin Laird is leading The Barclays after three rounds. Let me tell you why. The Scottish-born Laird who now makes his home in the Arizona desert is heating up at the right time. Entering the week at No. 95 in the FedEx Cup standings, he knew he needed to do well to advance in the playoffs (only the top 100 move on to Boston next week).
Laird birdied four of the first five holes on Saturday and carded a bogey-free 6-under 65 to grab a three-stroke lead.
How’s he getting it done? The difference so far is Laird’s confidence in his short stick after he started working with Dave Stockton Jr. on his technique in Akron, Ohio during the Bridgestone Invitational.
Putting has held Laird back all season. He ranks 158th on Tour in putting average (1.809) and 173rd in putts per round (29.96). This week he is T-10 in putting average (1.658) and T-3 in putts per round (26.67).
Improvement came quickly for Laird. Ever since switching to the TaylorMade Rossa Ghost putter and becoming the latest player to join the Stockton stable, Laird has made four straight cuts. Tomorrow he has a chance to claim his second Tour title, punch his first ticket to the Masters, and oh by the way, potentially vault to the top of the FedEx Cup standings.