Martin Laird climbs rankings after strong Players Championship

Scotland's Martin Laird has climbed eight places to 31st in the latest world rankings.

The 29-year-old Glaswegian finished tied for second at the Players Championship at Sawgrass at the weekend.

Laird closed with a five-under-par 67 to finish on 11 under, two strokes behind winner Matt Kuchar.

"I'm obviously very happy with how I played," said the Scot.

Laird went out in 33 with birdies at the second, seventh and then moved into the joint lead with Kuchar thanks to a hat-trick of birdies from the 11th.

But errors at the 14th and the long 16th, as well as the bogey at the 18th, left the Scot two shots behind Kuchar.

Laird added: "That's one of the best rounds I've ever played under the circumstances and the conditions."