Who's who in golf - Paul Lawrie


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Name: - Paul Stewart Lawrie
Country: - Scotland
Born : - January 1st, 1969 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
Original Home/Club: - King's Links, Aberdeen.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; developer of junior golf.
Turned Pro: - 1986
Web Address: - http://www.paullawriegolf.com
Sponsor / Attachment: - Aberdeen Asset Mgt; Titleist; Saltire Energy; Farmfoods.

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).


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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

2017Men AfricaDimension Data Pro-AmFancourt274 (-15)R752,875
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].
2012Men EuropeJohnnie Walker Ch'shipGleneagles272 (-16)€296,119
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].
2012Men EuropeQatar MastersDoha GC201 (-15)€316,020
Played as the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy (Feb 2-5; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Jason Day (Aus) and Peter Hanson (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Lawrie (Scot). Reduced to 54 holes due to high winds on second day. [Doha GC, Qatar].
2011Men EuropeAndalucia OpenParador de Malaga268 (-12)€166,660
Played as the Open de Andalucia de Golf by Turkish Airlines (March 24-27). Second-placed Johan Edfors (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Lawrie (Scot) who recorded his first European Tour win since 2002. [Parador de Málaga Golf, Málaga, Andalucía].
2002Men EuropeWales OpenCeltic Manor272 (-16)€291,432
Played as the Celtic Manor Resort Wales Open (Aug 8-11). Second-placed John Bickerton (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Lawrie (Scot). [Wentwood Hills course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales; now largely incorporated into the Twenty Ten course].
2001Men EuropeAlfred Dunhill Links Ch'shipSt Andrews270 (-18)€881,251
Played as the inaugural Dunhill Links Championship (Oct 18-21). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Lawrie (Scot). [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife. Earlier rounds of this pro-am event also played at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns].
1999Men EuropeQatar MastersDoha GC268 (-20)€143,196
Played as the Qatar Masters (Feb 17-20; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Søren Kjeldsen (Den) and Phillip Price (Wales) finished 7 shots behind Lawrie (Scot), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Doha GC, Qatar].
1999Men MajorsThe OpenCarnoustie290 (+6)£350,000
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].
1996Men EuropeCatalan OpenBonmont GC135x
Played as the Catalan Open. Won by Paul Lawrie (Scot). Reduced to 36 holes due to bad weather.

 

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