Martin Laird's Comeback Victory at Bay Hill Highlights Six-Win Week for Pro V1x Players

Posted: March 28, 2011

Pro V1x loyalist Martin Laird's fight to the finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational was both trying and triumphant, a formula that only resulted in great fulfillment for the 28-year-old Scot.

"It was a battle out there, but you know, it makes it even sweeter at the end when I got this trophy," said Laird, who rallied from a three-shot deficit with four holes play Sunday at Bay Hill to capture his second PGA Tour title, one of six wins on the week for Pro V1x golf ball players.

Titleist golf ball players have now won 12 out of the first 14 PGA Tour events to begin 2011 – and 30 total events across the worldwide professional tours, five times the nearest competitor with six and more than all competitors combined.

Laird birdied two of his final four holes and two-putted from 90 feet on Bay Hill's perilous 18th green, rolling in his Pro V1x golf ball from 3 1/2 feet for par to capture the one-shot victory over fellow Pro V1x loyalist Steve Marino.

Laird closed with a 3-over 75, but then again no one in the final three groups Sunday broke par on the treacherous Bay Hill layout.

"Obviously very, very happy," said Laird, who made back-to-back birdie on Nos. 15-16, including a tricky left-to-right 15-footer on the 16th. "That was a tough fight out there."

Laird finished at 8-under 280, becoming the first European to win at Bay Hill in the event's 33-year history.

He was also one of 75 players at the Arnold Palmer Championship that trusted a Titleist golf ball, more than five times the nearest competitor with 13 and more than all competitors combined.

Six of the top seven players on the leaderboard trusted Titleist golf balls – including Titleist Brand Ambassador Marc Leishman who tied for third at 6-under 282.

Titleist also was first in Iron Sets (30): Sand, Lob and Approach Wedges (94); and Putters (42).