Laird slips up as Koepka triumphs

2015 02 Martin Laird
- The Scot started the day with a three shot lead
- Bogey-double bogey finish left the 32-year-old in tie for fifth
- Koepka wins on PGA Tour for first time

Martin Laird

Scotland’s Martin Laird looked to be heading for his fourth PGA Tour title in Phoenix, only to see his chances fall away over the final two holes of the event.


Laird, who had led the event by three shots going into the final round, struggled to get much going on Sunday, but was still tied for the lead after 16 holes.

The last two holes proved to be Laird's downfall, though, as a pushed drive on the 17th meant he could only manage a bogey, before his tee shot on 18 finished in the water and all but ending his chances as Brooks Koepka went on to take the Waste Management Phoenix Open title.

“I played really solid all day. No bogeys,” said Laird. “Standing on 17 and tied for the lead is kind of where you want to be. I was leading through three rounds and then I don’t think I really gave up the lead apart from a hole or two until the 17th tee.

“I’m very proud, pleased with the way I played. It’s going to be a hard one to take the way the last two holes went. I feel my game is back where it was a few years ago, and I feel like I come to tournaments to try to win now.”
"After everything I have learned over the years,  I just had to stay patient" - Brooks Koepka

Koepka pips Laird to victory


The win secured Koepka his maiden title on the PGA Tour, and it was a result the 24-year-old put down to his experiences playing on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour over the past two seasons.

“This was a fun week, and I’m happy to have this one as my first win,” said Koepka. “This one is very special to me with all the fans here. It’s just an incredibly run tournament.

“After everything I have learned over the years – well, the two years – I just had to stay patient. Everything kind of comes to you. Slow start. Just hang in there. Good things will happen."

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