PGA Tour: Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, results. Martin Laird wins the playoffs

Before the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the lead was shared by Martin Laird and Patrick Cantlay, who won the event three years ago and then finished twice in the only step away from repeating this success. Laird has also previously won at the TPC Summerlin Golf club, but this happened back in 2009, and now the 37-year-old Scot needed an invitation from sponsors to participate in the tournament. Patrick unpleasantly surprised his fans by grabbing four bogeys in just six holes and depriving himself of any chance of continuing to fight for the title.

And Martin confidently played the first nine and finished it with a great shot that allowed him to break away three strokes from the nearest pursuers. With two holes to go, Laird’s lead was reduced to a minimum, and he had to heroically save par on the 17th hole, where the world number 358 thwarted his drive. Still, in the very end, Martin failed to save his score card from boggy and was forced to continue fighting in the playoffs (the third for him in the local arena).

 

Laird’s opponents on the extra holes were Austin Cook) and Matthew Wolff, who amicably collected five cons in the final round. Wolff performed phenomenally a day earlier when he went ten strokes better than par at the local arena, completing an incredible three-needle series on five holes. In the final round, the U.S. Open Vice-major champion also scored an eagle after a superb 375-yard drive on the long 16th hole.

At the first attempt, all three contenders played the par 18 hole, and then Laird made the winning birdie on the 17th. Ten years ago, Martin lost a playoff on the same hole when he was trying to defend his title. But then Jonathan Byrd didn’t give him a chance, making a hole-in-one.

Bryson DeChambeau calmed down his opponents a little, clearly demonstrating that he is still capable of making mistakes. The 2018 winner had his best start to the Tour and collected nine cons on the first day of the tournament, but at the start of the third round, Deschambault picked up five pros, and even a strong finish did not allow him to finish the week above eighth place.