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Martin Laird eager for home soil victory

Martin Laird
US-based Laird is targeting success in his native Scotland

Martin Laird says victory at Loch Lomond or the Old Course at St Andrews would be the fulfilment of a dream.

The Scot will use this week's Scottish Open as preparation for the Open, which takes place from 15-18 July.

"To win the Scottish Open, that would be as good as it gets and the same with the Open," said Laird.

"I'm taking a lot of confidence out of how I played last year here (at Loch Lomond). I love the golf course. I'm hoping for a good week."

Laird secured a place at the Open after finishing fourth in a 36-hole qualifier in Texas.

"At the first event of the year at Hawaii I got off to a great start.

"I joke that I always struggle at the start of the year and I think that one was so early in the year that it was kind of last year carrying over.

"I played great starting out and then struggled for a little bit but I'm really starting to play well again. I finished 10th at Coloniol a few weeks ago and my game's starting to come around at the right time.

Laird dreams of double in Scotland

"I've got these two big events and then a big stretch back in America so it's all looking good.

"I played with my Dad on Wednesday. That was fun, again on a links course, playing firm and fast and it was interesting coming from America having not seeing a course like that for a while.

"I went over and played the Old Course on Saturday to get a little early practice in for next week.

"It's the dream two weeks because, outside of playing the Open at St Andrews, this is as good as it gets for me, playing a round here, only 20 minutes from where I grew up. Friends and family can come out and to have the home support is really good."

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