Martin Laird Wins Arnold Palmer Invitational
By mustang6560 on 3/28/11
Marin Laird held on for dear life Sunday to win his second PGA Tour title and a spot at The Masters next month - the first major tournament of the year.
In the toughest final round on the PGA Tour this year, Laird was strong at the end with two birdies and two clutch pars to close with a 3-over 75, the highest final round by a winner in the 33-year history at Bay Hill.

That two-putt par on the 18th was just enough for a one-shot victory over hard-luck Steve Marino, who lost three shots on two plugged lies in bunkers over the last four holes. Marino followed a double bogey on the par-3 17th with an all-or-nothing shot over the water at the flag to 8 feet on the last hole for birdie and a 72.
Larid started Sunday with a three shot lead only to watch it turn into a three shot deficit. Some how, some way Laird found the will to win. And he got a little help from Steve Marino who double bogeyed No. 17.

I would like to think the final round was full of "drama", however, I can't quite convince myself of that. I'm not sure how often you can shoot +3 in the final round and win a golf tournament. Sunday was really a testament of sheer will power. I have to commend Laird for not completely melting down after watching his lead vanish. I don't think most golfers would have been able to find the self-control to not let their emotions ruin the weekend. Well done, Martin.



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birdieXris says:
What a great finish. anybody who didn't see it - you missed an outstanding couple hours of golf coverage. It wasn't so much that he shot +3 and won, it's the number of guys that could have taken it and made a charge at the very end. One thing i still can't grasp after watching it is exactly how Steve Marino can move so much during a round. the dude doesn't stop moving, really.
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crowdan says:
I was rooting for Marino. Its hard to see him continually come up short when he gets his chance. Its gotta be tough psychologically after you set that precedent of falling apart at the end of tournaments. He must feel like his first win will never happen..
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mustang6560 says:
@crowdan- did you see his approach on 18 to eight feet? I think he'll be fine.
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mmontisano says:
Marino will be okay. just look at Tim Clarke.
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mjaber says:
Marino got 2 "fried eggs" in bunkers on consecutive holes (16 & 17, I think). Annoucers were a bit critical of the bunkers, and Marino's bunker play.
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birdieXris says:
@mjaber - yea they were. Awful came up a lot when talking about the lie and the shot he played out. I know i would have done the same thing if i were Steve though. You have to get the ball out of the bunker. that's job one. His only real mistakes were when he dumped the shots into those bunkers. He wasn't playing as conservatively as he should have been, having (at that point) a 3 shot lead. It should've been fairways and greens - then two putt. The two miscues that led to the bunker shots cost him, if i remember correctly, a total of 4 shots.
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mustang6560 says:
It seemed nobody wanted to play conservative yesterday as tough as the course was playing.
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birdieXris says:
@mustang6560 - Truth there too. A few people got the hint and bailed out. most notably KJ Choi after hitting into that back bunker on 17 (?) i forget and still can't read the tv screen haha. Anyway rather than going at the hole with the lie he had, he elected to play out to the right where he had more green to run with. Of course, he played a perfect shot that probably would have holed out if it were at the pin, but at least he had the brains to go with the high percentage if it didn't go down that way. that green was just redonkulously hard though. I don't remember anybody actually holding the green while i was watching.
3/28/11
 
mjaber says:
@birdie... the one on 17, I agree. On 16, I thought Miller was right. If he had just "chunked it" out, he'd have been in really good shape. That chunk out was the only bunker shot I knew for a long time. I would get into the bunker, swing as hard as I could at a spot an inch or 2 behind the ball and let the sand push the ball out. Never went very far, but it was effective.

I thought Choi's ball on 17 bounced off the rocks into that back bunker.
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birdieXris says:
@mjaber - About Steve, yea, the ol' chunk out is a staple, but all he needed to do was chunk it too much. While he could of swung softer, i don't think he's got those kind of hands from the sand. Didnt they say he was like 162nd? Choi got a good break there. I'm just saying his play out of said bunker was pretty safe and smart considering his options, lest he go back onto the rocks.
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