March 27 2011
With his victory Sunday at Bay Hill, Martin Laird moved from 21st to fourth in the FedExCup standings and is only 224 points behind leader Mark Wilson.
Laird’s final-round 75 is also the highest finish by a
winner in the event. The previous high was 74 by Dave
Eichelberger (1980) and Mike Nicolette (1983).
Lard is also just the second player out of 13 to go on to victory this season after holding the 36-hole lead (Jhonattan Vegas was the other).
Should Laird go on to win the Masters, he’d join Fred Couples (1992) and Tiger Woods (2001, 2002) as the only players who have won the Masters and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in the same year.