Future of Scottish Golf: Martin Laird
By mustang6560 on 3/28/11
Scotland is set to host the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. But, it may not have one of its own sons representing his fellow countrymen playing in the biennial event.
"It's an alarming thought," Montgomerie said as long ago as the 2006 Ryder Cup. "We've got to get more Scots playing in this bloody thing. There are a lot of good Scottish players out there, but of late, they've not been reaching the Ryder Cup level.

"I can't stress how much it will mean to have at least one Scot playing when the match is held in Scotland."

It looks like Laird could be the man. He plans to take up European membership so that he can be eligible for next year's Ryder Cup at Medinah outside of Chicago.
Over the weekend, Scotland definitely got a boost from Laird and fellow countrymen Paul Lawrie. Laird won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on the PGA Tour while Lawrie captured his first title since 2002 by winning the Andalucian Open in Malaga, Spain on the European Tour.

I don't think the future of Scottish golf is over. I am sure we will see more talent hail from Scotland. But, I don't think Scotland will produce the next Tiger Wood's any time soon. It's a small country with a sub-optimal golfing climate. Take Laird for example. He grew up playing golf in Scotland but came to the United States to play college golf for Colorado State and he's never left. He's even engaged to an American now.

Scotland will always be the mecca of golf. I know I long for the day to play the Old Course at St. Andrews. I just think as golf historians rank the top golf-producing countries, Scotland will only continue to fall down the list.



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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
But... but... but... he's got an English Caddie.
3/28/11
 
mmontisano says:
you take the high road and i'll take the low road and i'll get to Scotland befoorrrrrrrrrrrrrre you!
3/28/11
 
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