Dubai display restored 1999 Open winner Lawrie's belief

Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:39am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

DUBAI (Reuters) - Paul Lawrie believes his second-place finish in last year's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai was the springboard for his return to the Ryder Cup stage after a 13-year absence.

The veteran Scot, winner of the British Open at Carnoustie in 1999, was in the doldrums for several years until he got a confidence boost from winning the Andalucian Open last year.

Lawrie then took another step up in class by coming close to landing the end-of-season Dubai showpiece featuring the top 60 players in Europe, finishing two strokes behind Alvaro Quiros of Spain who posted a winning tally of 19 under par.

"This week last year was the one that really gave me back my self belief," the 43-year-old told reporters on the eve of the $8 million extravaganza. "When you go close to winning tournaments of this size it gives you a boost.

"Last year made me feel like I belonged again in the top 50 of the world rankings. I think a lot of my play this season all goes down to that event."

World number 27 Lawrie has been consistency personified in 2012, stringing together nine top 10 finishes including victories at the Qatar Masters and the Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland.

The highlight, though, was his involvement in Europe's unlikely comeback victory over the United States at the Ryder Cup in September.


Paul Lawrie of Scotland tees off on the first hole during the BMW Masters 2012 golf tournament at Lake Malaren Golf Club in Shanghai October 25, 2012. REUTERS/Carlos Barria