Residence: Aberdeen, Scotland
Until July 2007 when Padraig Harrington won at Carnoustie, Paul Lawrie was the last European to win a major championship - his final round 67 famously put him into the four-hole play-off where he birdied the final two holes to beat Frenchman Jean Van de Velde and 1997 Open Champion Justin Leonard.
Lawrie is sometimes – and unfairly – regarded as a bit of a flash in the pan with his Open victory, but this is unfair – he has several tour victories to his name – a record which in itself many professional golfers would be proud of.
He joined the European Tour in 1992 and plodded along for several years without really troubling the scorers. His first win was at the Catalan Open in 1996 – but 1999 was his year. He had already won the Qatar Masters before his victory in the 128th Open at Carnoustie – where Jean Van de Velde famously splashed around in the water, squandering his title hopes with a triple-bogey seven on the 18th. Lawrie’s victorious charge came in the face of the largest third-round deficit ever faced by a major championship winner - going into the final day, leader Van de Velde was 10 shots ahead.
1999 was also the year Lawrie made his only (to date) Ryder Cup appearance – at Brookline he hit the opening tee shot and claimed a superb 3.5 points. Other European Tour wins include the 2001 Dunhill Links Championship and the 2002 Celtic Manor Wales Open.
Paul is still without a win since 2002. The highlight of the 2008 season was a second place finish at the Portugal Masters. Earlier in the season he recorded another top-10 at the Barclays Scottish Open. Paul could not improved on his opening rounds of 68 and 67 over the weekend and finished in a tie for 9th.
Paul Lawrie Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Paul Lawrie throughout his career
Paul Lawrie Tournament History
2007 Wales Open
31 May - 3 June - The Welsh Open - Celtic Manor. Played between 31st May and 3rd June 2007, the 2007 Wales Open took place at Celtic Manor – venue for the 2010 Ryder Cup – and was won by South Africa’s Richard Sterne who holed a five footer on the 18th to take the £250,000 winner’s cheque – and dash Welsh hopes by edging out the big home favourite Bradley Dredge. Dredge was the joint overnight leader, but having run up an amazing five birdies in a row from the ninth, his drive on 18 clipped a fairway bunker from where he had to chip out short. A superb pitch left him with a six-footer to go into the play-off, but tantalisingly, it caught the lip and just stayed above ground.
In Paul Lawrie's bag...In Paul's bag at Celtic Manor, TaylorMade r7 425 driver, rac TP Forged irons, rac black wedges and a TaylorMade Rescue Dual fairway wood.
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