Scotland’s hometown hero, Martin Laird, may have had his Open Championship hopes derailed at Muirfield’s third hole. Laird took two unplayable lies on the par-4 and scored a quintuple-bogey 9. Laird had birdied the second hole to reach 2 under par.
It started when Laird shanked his approach shot out of the thick rough. He took an unplayable lie, then chunked his next shot into more rough right of the green. He took another unplayable after his next swing failed to move the ball. He finally reached the green with his seventh shot and two-putted for nine.
Laird's problems didn't end there. He was informed on the 16th hole that he'd incurred a one-stroke penalty on No. 10 for not properly informing fellow competitor Dustin Johnson that he was marking and lifting his ball in order to identify it. "I said I'm going to identify my ball, but I didn't shout it across the fairway loud enough so he could hear," Laird said. A "deflated" Laird made bogey on No. 16 and double-bogey at the 17th to shoot 81 and fall to 51st. He started the day in sixth place.
Laird was still having the best Open Championship of his career. The Scot missed the cut in his first three Open Championships and finished 72nd last year.