Lawrie enjoying change of pace

9/25/2013 1:07:00 PM
Paul Lawrie  (Getty Images)
Paul Lawrie (Getty Images)
Paul Lawrie is looking forward to something “a little bit different” at this week’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

The Scot, who won the inaugural staging of this event in 2001, will partner Martin Gilbert, the chief executive of The Ryder Cup star’s main sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management, in the Pro-Am played over three different courses.

Former Open Championship winner Lawrie and Gilbert will also have another past Major Champion - 2002 US PGA winner Rich Beem - and Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley for company at Carnoustie, Kingsbarns and St Andrews, and the 44 year old admits he likes the change of pace from regular European Tour events.

“It's a week that I enjoy,” said Lawrie. “Obviously I get to play with my main sponsor, Martin Gilbert, which is unique event. Martin picked the ball out of the hole when I won in 2001 which he still talks about.

“It's an event we all look forward to. It's a bit different and I've had some good weeks here. 

“We have three great courses, three courses that you would want to play if you're an amateur or on a holiday, so I just think it's a fantastic week.”

Lawrie’s confidence has been given a timely boost heading into the event, with confirmation of his place in the Great Britain & Ireland side that will defend the Seve Trophy presented by Golf+ in Paris next week.

“I’m obviously delighted. I'm looking forward to Sam [Torrance] being my captain. I was trying really hard to get on his Ryder Cup Team when he was captain and didn't make it. He sent me an email yesterday and to have him as captain will be great fun.” 

This season’s form has been steady rather than spectacular for Lawrie, who has made 16 of 18 cuts but not had a top-ten finish since January.

He believes some indifferent putting has been to blame, although Lawrie accepts that continuing the form that yielded two wins last year before he beat Brandt Snedeker in the singles at Medinah to help secure The Ryder Cup was always going to be difficult.

“My game has been good most of the year to be fair,” he added. “Tee to green has been really good, but I've struggled a wee bit with the putter. 

“I was at a Wilson event with Padraig [Harrington] yesterday, and he mentioned in the press conference how players tend to have 18 months of really good play and really good results, and then there's a little bit of a lull. 

“I think I'm just a wee bit in that at the minute; all year has been quite frustrating. I have played some nice golf, but haven't scored as much as I should have. 

“Switzerland was a lot better - I finished 12th there, which was my best finish for quite a few months. So I'm hoping that we're going to kick on now and all the way to Gleneagles I hope.”