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Scotland’s Martin Laird prevailed in a three-way play-off in Las Vegas on Sunday to claim his maiden PGA Tour victory.

Scotland’s Martin Laird prevailed in a three-way play-off in Las Vegas on Sunday to claim a stunning maiden PGA Tour victory at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Laird, the first Scot to win on the PGA Tour in recent memory, moved into a play-off with George McNeill and Chad Campbell after the trio finished the final round locked together on 19-under par, and it was Laird, having earlier shot a final-round 68, who prevailed on the third extra hole.
Campbell was eliminated from the play-off when he missed a short par putt at the second extra hole, the 17th, and McNeill fell away on the third extra hole, the 18th, when he had to play a missed approach shot with one foot in the water and failed to get the up and down he needed.
Laird, in the meantime, saw his approach stop 11 feet from the hole, and the 26-year-old from Glasgow held his nerve with two putts for par as he became the sixth first-time Tour winner to win the event at TPC Summerlin in the last six years.
Despite having never won on the PGA Tour prior to this weekend, Laird revealed he had not been plagued by doubts over the final round.
“The most nervous I was was the first few holes starting out, and then coming in there I was amazed how calm I was coming down the stretch,” said Laird.
“I had two great shots on 17, and I was determined not to let a good swing cost me the tournament and obviously making the putt on 18 was big.”
Laird, a former Colorado State golfer, earned $756,000 (£462,000) and a two-your Tour exemption and in his 53rd tour start, jumped from 134th to 62nd on the PGA Tour money list with $1,271,254.
Campbell and McNeill settled for a share of second place while three-time Las Vegas winner Jim Furyk was left to rue a damaging two-over-par 73 on the third round which badly hindered his charge.
Furyk stormed back with a nine-under 62 over the final round on Sunday, but missed out on the play-off by one stoke and was forced to settle for a tie for fourth with Jeff Klauk on 18 under.
Charley Hoffman was next on 17-under after four steady rounds while Rickie Fowler, playing in his first PGA Tour event, was among the seven players tied on 16 under.
Scott Piercy, the 54-hole leader alongside Campbell, was tied for the lead teeing off on 16 but made double bogeys at 17 and 18 after finding water at both.
ALL THE FINAL ROUND SCORES
(USA unless stated, par 71):

265 Martin Laird (Sco) 63 67 67 68 (Martin won at the third play-off hole), Chad Campbell 67 62 67 69, George McNeill 66 69 63 67
266 Jeff Klauk 65 67 66 68, Jim Furyk 64 67 73 62
267 Charley Hoffman 66 69 64 68
268 Tim Petrovic 65 68 72 63, Andres Romero (Arg) 68 69 67 64, Matt Kuchar 66 64 72 66, Tom Pernice Jnr. 62 69 68 69, Rickie Fowler 67 64 69 68, Ryan Moore 67 63 70 68, D.J. Trahan 71 65 65 67
269 Hunter Mahan 70 63 67 69, Greg Chalmers (Aus) 66 67 67 69, Scott Piercy 64 67 65 73, Jason Bohn 66 67 65 71, Kevin Streelman 69 67 66 67
270 Chris Stroud 69 68 70 63, Ben Crane 68 65 69 68, Dean Wilson 67 70 66 67, Bob Heintz 63 67 68 72, Matt Weibring 68 68 68 66
271 Fredrik Jacobson (Swe) 66 69 68 68, Brandt Snedeker 69 66 67 69, Alex Cejka (Ger) 66 68 70 67
272 Kirk Triplett 65 69 66 72, Bill Lunde 68 70 68 66, Kyle Stanley 67 69 67 69, Tim Herron 74 63 66 69, Chris DiMarco 69 68 68 67, Billy Mayfair 68 67 68 69, Brian Gay 66 72 65 69, Roland Thatcher 68 67 70 67, Rich Beem 69 64 75 64, Troy Matteson 62 67 70 73, Tim Clark (Rsa) 69 66 70 67
273 Chris Riley 73 64 67 69, Tag Ridings 70 65 70 68, John Mallinger 72 62 68 71, Parker McLachlin 67 65 70 71, Steve Elkington (Aus) 70 67 70 66, Mark Wilson 67 66 68 72, Aaron Baddeley (Aus) 66 69 69 69, D.A. Points 69 66 69 69
274 J J Henry 71 63 74 66
275 Daniel Chopra (Swe) 69 68 72 66, Nathan Green (Aus) 68 66 72 69, Mathew Goggin (Aus) 71 65 71 68, Robert Garrigus 65 70 68 72, Johnson Wagner 68 68 73 66, Greg Owen (Eng) 66 68 70 71, Ernie Gonzalez 75 63 69 68
276 Spencer Levin 62 71 68 75, Jerry Kelly 66 69 69 72, Steve Lowery 68 70 70 68, Charles Howell III 69 68 69 70
277 Ted Purdy 67 70 71 69, Ryuji Imada (Jpn) 70 66 70 71, Bo Van Pelt 68 65 72 72, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 70 67 70 70
278 Jeev Milkha Singh (Ind) 67 65 75 71, Jeff Quinney 68 70 71 69, Jay Williamson 66 71 72 69, David Toms 66 71 71 70, Harrison Frazar 69 69 71 69
279 Carl Pettersson (Swe) 69 69 72 69, Briny Baird 65 71 74 69
281 Cameron Beckman 70 67 73 71, Tommy Armour III 68 70 68 75
282 Nick O’Hern (Aus) 67 69 75 71
284 Brian Bateman 69 68 72 75
285 Glen Day 70 68 78 69

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