Masters: Laird has omens in his favour

Scot looking to follow in footsteps of compatriot Lyle

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Thu, 11 Apr 2013

Masters: Laird has omens in his favour

Only five players have ever won the Masters after winning the week before - Ralph Guldahl in 1939, Sam Snead in 1949,  Art Wall in 1959, Sandy Lyle in 1988 and most recently Phil Mickelson in 2006.

100/1 says Martin Laird will make it six. But if you’re into your omens, you may want to lump on the Scot - one of Golfmagic's outside tips - at Augusta National this week.

Laird, the last player into the first major of the season following his third PGA Tour win at the Texas Open, arrived in Georgia late Sunday on a flight charted by the event’s organisers.

He bunked the first night at a house rented by his management company that was being shared by 1988 Masters champion Lyle, who waited up for his fellow Scot.

“Obviously, it would be nice to emulate Sandy,” said Laird. “I’m certainly coming here with confidence, so we’ll see what happens.

“My plans obviously changed quickly and I didn’t have anywhere to stay last night, but my management company, Hambric Sports, had a spare room.

“Sandy is staying there and he was waiting for me when I got in. He told me it was the 25th anniversary of his win and how he had won the week before Augusta in Greensboro.

“We didn’t talk for too long. It was late, I didn’t get to the house until about 11:30pm and as you can imagine I was a bit tired. We opened a bottle of wine and had that and then I went to bed.”

And here’s where things get really spooky. Laird then woke up on Monday and visited a local fast-food restaurant. He later learned Lyle had eaten the exact same meal on the Monday before his victory in the 1988 Masters.

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