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August 5 2011

6:10 PM

Newlywed Laird refreshed and ready

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AKRON, Ohio -- Martin Laird didn't know quite what to expect at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

After all, he had only played nine holes in the last two weeks, and hitting balls wasn't on the agenda, either.  Laird didn’t even have any idea who won the two PGA TOUR events played during that stretch until he turned on a computer several days later.

Laird But he had a good excuse -- Laird got married on Saturday in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Turns out, the layoff from competition might have been just what the newlywed needed. He fired a 67 on Friday to move to 7 under for the tournament and one stroke off the lead held by Ryan Moore, Adam Scott and Rickie Fowler.

"(I) came into this week and feeling fresh and on a high after getting married," the Scotsman said. "Sometimes you come in here and it's amazing when you have no expectations how well you play."

Laird said about 39 members of his family and friends came over from the UK for the wedding and it was something of a week-long celebration. And at one point on Thursday he looked at the leaderboard and in addition to his name were Jason Day and Nick Watney, both of whom attended the festivities last weekend.

"So it was either just the clear mountain air or everybody had a good time on Saturday, who knows?" Laird said with a grin.

Laird said the wedding went off without a hitch, no pun intended. It was an outdoor affair, and the weather was perfect -- although if the nuptials had been held 24 hours later they would have been greeted by thunderstorms.

True to his heritage, Laird was married in a kilt, a Campbell Tartan, which is his mom's maiden name. And no knock on Akron, but in case anyone was wondering, there will be a proper honeymoon in October after the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup have ended.

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