Martin Laird makes quintuple-bogey 9 on No. 3

Martin Laird hits his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Martin Laird hits his tee shot on the third hole during the third round of the Open Championship at Muirfield.

Martin Laird made a birdie on par-4 second, but it was followed by a 9 on No. 3 that really hurt.

Laird, who missed the fairway right off the tee, proceeded to semi-shank his second shot from the high rough. He didn’t know exactly where his original ball went, so he hit a provisional.

He ended up finding his original ball, only it was deemed unplayable. Laird then dropped onto the grass on a pathway, but his fourth shot was chunked into high, thick rough, still short of the green.

He swung at it but missed, and the ball dug deeper into the rough, requiring a second unplayable.

Laird playing his seventh shot onto the green, then two-putted. Instead of being 2 under and one stroke off the lead, he was 3 over and six behind.

Costly hole.

Laird was coming off rounds of 70-71 and had just birdied No. 2, and even rebounded a bit with another birdie, at No. 5. But he went on to card three bogeys and two double bogeys from there, posting an 81 that dropped him to T-51.

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