“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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”