Martin Laird: ‘Ryder Cup not my priority’

Martin Laird

• Martin Laird says he still harbours Ryder Cup ambitions
• But admits chances are tougher with new European Tour rules
• Says he won’t prioritise making Ryder Cup team over his family


Martin Laird says he still harbours major Ryder Cup ambitions but won’t sacrifice time with his family to earn his place in the team.

Speaking during the PGA Tour’s CareerBuilder Challenge, where he finished T9 on 14-under-par, Laird was quick to dismiss the notion that he doesn’t care about the biennial match, which he believes is what some people think.

“People think that I don’t care about the Ryder Cup but that is not true,” he told GolfByTourMiss.com.

“The thing is my wife and I have two young kids and I can’t put crisscrossing back and forward to Europe and striving to qualify for the Ryder Cup above them and no, I don’t.”

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Laird, currently the second highest-ranked Scot in the world at No.140, is not currently exempt from any of the four majors, while his path to possibly qualifying for France in two years’ time has been made tougher with the introduction of the new Rolex Series.

For any PGA Tour events Martin Laird plays in that are opposite Rolex Series events, he won’t qualify for any points.

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“The thing is that if you are not into the four majors or the WGC events it is a big commitment to travel the world playing both Tour’s with the goal of trying to make the European Ryder Cup team,” he added.

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“I do understand why the Tour made the changes they’ve made but whether they are right or wrong I’m not going to say.

“But what I want people to understand is that I would love to experience playing for Europe in a Ryder Cup but for me it’s all about my priorities.

“Yes, the Ryder Cup is high up there but being home with my wife and two children spending quality time with them at present is a bigger priority.”

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Do you sympathise with the position Martin Laird has been put in with the introduction of the new European Tour rules? Leave your thoughts in the ‘Comments’ section below.

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  1. David Stubley

    January 23, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Don’t worry Martin all you need to do is win a WGC event and a couple of PGA tour events and they still won’t pick you

  2. May Sinclar

    January 23, 2017 at 10:36 am

    He should have been first in line for a pick last time as the in form golfer but Darren went with his off form pal but I think there will be a different attitude from Thomas

  3. Stephen Hutcheon

    January 23, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Basically, if he isn’t in the majors (he won’t get enough points anyway) so it’s certainly not worth his while to travel to make up the requisite number of European tour events. Also, I echo the sentiments of David and May above ref. Clarke picking his off form mates.However, I’m not so sure Bjorn won’t do the same (he is part of the same clique).

  4. Stephen Hutcheon

    January 23, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Agree with you May – Clarke was captain calamity.

  5. Ken fowler

    January 23, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    Quite right Martin ,play what tourneys you want ,Casey and Knox should have been at Ryder cup ,but as has been said on here the old boy network was in action

  6. David Gorrman

    January 23, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    The captaincy these days is like a Gentlemen’s club passed around amongst friends, who in turn pick other friends as vice captains and other friends as picks, I think everyone should have to qualify with the captain only getting a pick if someone pulls out.

  7. Bernie McGuire

    January 24, 2017 at 7:31 am

    Great story! I interviewed Martin last week in La Quinta for this exclusive piece. Martin is Scottish to the core and there’s no doubting his loyalty not for one minute. As pointed out, he just needs to get himself in the top-50 in the World Rankings and then he can begin to pick and choose where he wants to play.

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