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Form good ahead of first Masters appearance

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Martin Laird | 00:20 UK time, Saturday, 2 April 2011

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I'm obviously delighted to have won again on the PGA Tour, especially a tournament of the stature of Bay Hill. It makes it extra special when 'The King' himself, Arnold Palmer, is waiting for you off of the 18th green to congratulate you.

I'm also very excited about my climb up the world rankings. I've been playing great over the last seven months, so it's extra satisfying to get a win and jump up into the top 25 in the world.

I don't target certain positions in the rankings, but it shows me that my hard work has paid off and I'm working on the correct things.

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College days proved invaluable on road to the pro ranks

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Martin Laird | 12:12 UK time, Sunday, 26 December 2010

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It is great to sit down and try to figure out my schedule for next year when I can already put a circle around all the majors! This is something that I've never been able to do before and is something I hope I can do for the rest of my career.

There's definitely a bold circle around the first week in April for The Masters. It's the only major that I've never played in and the one that I am most excited about.

I want to try and be as ready as possible for the majors and WGC events, since I have yet to put in a performance to be proud of in the top ranking tournaments and I'd love to get a taste of being around the lead in one of the big ones on a Sunday.

I'm sure once I've experienced that I'll want to be back there as often as possible, and I will be doing everything I can to make sure that happens.

Having taken my game to this stage, I thought it'd be a good time to reflect on how my career really got going out here in the US.

Crossing the pond to play college golf was something that always attracted me and getting to play competitive golf all year round was definitely a big lure.

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You can't prepare for losing a play-off to a hole in one

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Martin Laird | 10:48 UK time, Friday, 29 October 2010

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I had been looking forward to going back to Las Vegas for some time as it was going to be my first experience returning as defending champion in the Justin Timberlake PGA Tour event. It is obviously somewhere I feel comfortable and a course that suits me after what happened there last year.

Did I think I was going to go there and compete for the title again? I knew it was possible but I hadn't really practised at all since the Alfred Dunhill Links a couple weeks before, and the couple of days that I had played the week before heading to Vegas I had been struggling quite badly.

It wasn't until my coach spotted something last Tuesday afternoon on the range that I even considered being in contention again. He noticed a small thing in my swing that I had probably developed from playing in the wind back home at the Dunhill Links, and as soon as I changed that my confidence came back instantly.

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