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Laird and Lawrie climb World Ranking with Scottish double
March 28, 2011

Scotland's Martin Laird won the Arnold Palmer Invitational by a single shot at Bay Hill. Laird started the final day two shots clear but this challenge looked threatened when he found the water en route to a double bogey at the 11th, putting him to five over par for the day. But birdies on 12, 15 and 16, an up and down par on 17 and a brave two-putt at the last saw him hold off Steve Marino by one stroke to win at eight under par. The win, his second on the PGA Tour, takes Laird to a career high of 21st in the Official World Golf Ranking, a jump of 19 positions.

Laird's fellow Scot Paul Lawrie achieved his first European Tour win since 2002, as the 42-year-old took the Open de Andalucía de Golf by Turkish Airlines in Malaga by one from Swede Johan Edfors. With six runners-up finishes since his last victory Lawrie, from one ahead overnight, bogeyed the first two holes and England's Mark Foster birdied them. It was a superb start to the nine with birdies on 10, 11, 12 a near miss on 13 and then birdie on 14 that put Lawrie back on course. The win takes former Open Champion Lawrie to World Number 150, a jump of 122 positions.

This week's other winners were Brett Wetterich at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open on the Nationwide Tour, Kiradech Aphibarnrat at the SAIL Open on the Asian Tour, Andre Stolz at the Indonesia Championship on the OneAsia Tour and Adam Hadwin at the Pacific Colombia Tour Championship Presented by Helm, co-sanctioned by the Tour de las Americas and the Canadian Tour.


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