Updated: 21/07/2012 20:29 | By pa.press.net

Laird slump means early start



Martin Laird tumbles down leaderboard at Royal Lytham

Martin Laird tumbles down leaderboard at Royal Lytham

Scotland's Martin Laird will be first man out in the final round of the Open after a nightmare 82 at Royal Lytham.

Having finally made the halfway cut in the championship at the fourth attempt, the 29-year-old had no fewer than four double-bogeys and five bogeys.

Laird's only birdie came at the short 12th as he crashed from one under par and joint 15th to 11 over and 83rd spot.

It was not his worst Open round, however. He shot 83 at St Andrews two years ago.

South Africa's 2010 winner Louis Oosthuizen played with Laird and out-scored him by 14 strokes.

"He just struggled," he said.

"You could see he just didn't hit the ball really well and around this track if you miss the fairways you're going to pay the price."

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