Who's who: Paul Lawrie

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Who's who: Paul Lawrie

  • Name:

    Paul Stewart Lawrie
  • Country:

    Scotland
  • Born:

    Jan 1, 1969 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
  • Original/Home Club:

    King's Links, Aberdeen.
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; developer of junior golf.
  • Turned Pro:

    1986
  • Website:

    https://www.paullawriegolf.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): The Open (1999). Ryder Cup player (1999, 2012). Multiple wins on the European Tour. Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (2000) and Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE (2013).

Did you know?

After turning professional at the age of 17 in 1986, Lawrie's career did not immediately take-off. He joined the European Tour in 1992 and secured his first Tour win in 1996 at the Catalan Open. Lawrie's much admired smooth swing earned him another win in 1999 at the Qatar Masters.

Lawrie and most others could not have anticipated his victory in the Open Championship at Carnoustie later that year, especially with Jean Van de Velde only needing a double-bogey six to seal victory at the final hole. As is now writ large in golfing folklore, the would-be victor imploded at the 72nd hole. Seizing his chance, the Scotsman outplayed an American (Justin Leonard) and the Frenchman in the ensuing 4-hole playoff. Lawrie deservedly lifted the Claret Jug at the end of the day, finishing birdie-birdie at the last two playoff holes to win by 3 shots.

After his Open Championship triumph, Lawrie enjoyed further success on the European Tour, but perhaps not as much as some had thought. Despite several appearances on the PGA Tour, a victory 'across the pond' proved elusive. In addition to his European Tour appearances, Lawrie now puts considerable time into the development of junior golf in his home city of Aberdeen. He also oversees his own golf centre just outside the 'granite city.'

Top tournaments won by Paul Lawrie

2022
Europe
202 (-17)
€50,000
Farmfoods

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

202 (-17)

Prize money

€50,000

Title sponsor

Farmfoods

Played as the Farmfoods European Senior Masters hosted by Peter Baker (Oct 14-16). Paul Lawrie (Scot) beat Michael Jonzon (Swe) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-5 18th). [South course, La Manga Club, nr Cartagena, Murcia, Spain].

2022
Europe
205 (-11)
€50,000
Farmfoods

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Venue

Trevose

Score

205 (-11)

Prize money

€50,000

Title sponsor

Farmfoods

Played as the Farmfoods European Legends Links Championship hosted by Ian Woosnam (June 17-19). Second-placed Euan McIntosh (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Paul Lawrie (Scot), who recorded his second European Senior (Legends) Tour win. [Trevose G&CC, nr Padstow, Cornwall].

2019
Awards
€206,406
see Score
Eurpn Snr Tr

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Venue

Score

€206,406

Prize money

see Score

Title sponsor

Eurpn Snr Tr

Lawrie (Scot) won the European Snr (Staysure) Tour 2019 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished 11th on the Tour's points-based Order of Merit, with 1528 pts.

2019
Europe
211 (-2)
£37,500
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

211 (-2)

Prize money

£37,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Scottish Senior Open (Aug 16-18). Second-placed Peter Baker (Eng) and Peter Fowler (Aus) finished 2 shots behind home-country winner Paul Lawrie (Scot), who recorded his first European Senior (Staysure) Tour win. [Craigielaw GC, Craigielaw, Longniddry, East Lothian].

2017
Africa
274 (-15)
R752,875
Dimension Data

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

274 (-15)

Prize money

R752,875

Title sponsor

Dimension Data

Played as the Dimension Data Pro-Am (Feb 16-19; Sunshine Tr event). Second-placed Justin Hicks (USA), Chris Swanepoel (RSA) and Chris Lloyd (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Lawrie (Scot). [Montagu course, Fancourt, George, Western Cape, RSA. Earlier rounds also use the Links and Outeniqua courses].

2012
Europe
201 (-15)
€316,020
Commercialbank

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Venue

Doha GC

Score

201 (-15)

Prize money

€316,020

Title sponsor

Commercialbank

Played as the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy (Feb 2-5; European Tour event). Second-placed Jason Day (Aus) and Peter Hanson (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Paul Lawrie (Scot). Reduced to 54 holes due to high winds on second day. [Doha GC, Qatar].

2012
Europe
272 (-16)
€296,119
Johnnie Walker

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

€296,119

Title sponsor

Johnnie Walker

Played as the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles (Aug 23-26). Second-placed Brett Rumford (Aus) finished 4 shots behind Lawrie (Scot). [PGA Centenary Course, Gleneagles, Perthshire].

2011
Europe
268 (-12)
€166,660
Turkish Airlines

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

268 (-12)

Prize money

€166,660

Title sponsor

Turkish Airlines

Played as the Open de Andalucia de Golf by Turkish Airlines (March 24-27). Second-placed Johan Edfors (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Paul Lawrie (Scot), who recorded his first European Tour win since 2002. [Parador de Málaga Golf, Málaga, Andalucía].

2002
Europe
272 (-16)
€291,432
Celtic Manor

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

€291,432

Title sponsor

Celtic Manor

Played as the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open (Aug 8-11). Second-placed John Bickerton (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Paul Lawrie (Scot), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Wentwood Hills course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales; now largely incorporated into the Twenty Ten course].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

270 (-18)

Prize money

€881,251

Title sponsor

Dunhill

Played as the inaugural Dunhill Links Championship (Oct 18-21). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Paul Lawrie (Scot). [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife. Earlier rounds of this pro-am event also played at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns].

1999
Majors
290 (+6)
£350,000
R&A

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

290 (+6)

Prize money

£350,000

Title sponsor

R&A

The Open Championship (128th) (July 15-18). Lawrie (Scot) beat Justin Leonard (USA) and Jean Van de Velde (Fra) in a 4-hole playoff: Lawrie 15 (E), Leonard and Van de Velde 18 (+3). With a three shot lead at the 72nd hole, Van de Velde needed no worse than a double-bogey 6 to win the championship. He took seven. At one stage on this disastrous final hole, while standing bare-foot in the Barry Burn, he contemplated playing out of the Burn, but eventually took a drop instead. [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].

1999
Europe
268 (-20)
€143,196
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Venue

Doha GC

Score

268 (-20)

Prize money

€143,196

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Qatar Masters (Feb 17-20; European Tour event). Second-placed Søren Kjeldsen (Den) and Phillip Price (Wales) finished 7 shots behind Paul Lawrie (Scot), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Doha GC, Qatar].

1996
Europe
135 (-9)
£50,000
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Lawrie, Paul

Score

135 (-9)

Prize money

£50,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Catalan Open (Feb 29-Mar 3). Second-placed Fernando Roca (Esp) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Lawrie (Scot). Reduced to 36 holes due to bad weather. [GC Bonmont, nr Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain].

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