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Paul Lawrie is looking to finish a brilliant 2012 campaign by going one better than last year at the DP World Tour Championship.
The 43 year old Scot has won twice on The European Tour this season, in Qatar and his native Scotland, as well as winning his singles game against Brandt Snedeker at Medinah to help Europe to Ryder Cup glory.
The World Number 27 believes the confidence gained from his runner-up finish to Alvaro Quiros 12 months ago played an important role in those successes, and now hopes to pick up a third win of the season as he looks to cement a slice of the bonus pool on offer at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
“Last year this was a fantastic week,” said Lawrie. “I finished two shots behind to take second on my own and played lovely all week.
“I holed a lot of putts this time last year which was nice, and obviously I’m quite keen to go one better this year, but we'll wait and see what we get come tomorrow.
“I played nicely yesterday in the Pro Am, made a few birdies, and just played nine holes now. I’m hitting the ball pretty well.
“Things are starting to feel a bit fresher. I was a bit tired for a few weeks there, obviously The Ryder Cup takes it out of you, and I was busy at home, doing quite a few bits and pieces for the foundation.
“My confidence got a huge boost at this tournament last year, there's no question. I think to win again in Málaga was a huge step after nine years. But I think this week was the week that really gave me the self-belief - to finish second in this event with the field that we had last year and the field again we have this year, it can't do anything but good for your confidence.”
Lawrie’s second Ryder Cup cap came 13 years after his first, and followed a remarkable return to the upper echelons of the game.
“It's been lovely to be back in it again,” he added. “It's been a few years since I was top 50 in the World Rankings, and I've felt pretty comfortable being back there.
“I’m looking forward to kind of capping it off with a good week this week.
“Last year was the real kind of start again of where I felt that I belonged again in the top 50.
“What I take from last year is I obviously came within two shots of winning last year, so I can play the golf course; I know how to get the ball around. It's just a matter of how you play on the week.
“I think 2011, I was 18th in The Race to Dubai, and this year, whatever I'm going to be is ahead of that - so it's a step in the right direction.
“I see next year as a similar progression hopefully. My schedule is going to be a bit different than it was at the start of last year; I wasn't guaranteed to play in the World Golf Championships until I had won at Qatar, whereas now, I know I'm in all the events next year.”