Golf

Lawrie triumphs at Gleneagles

2012-08-26 18:17
Paul Lawrie (AP)

Gleneagles, Scotland - Paul Lawrie confirmed that he had returned to his best form ahead of next month's Ryder Cup by winning the Johnnie Walker Championship here by an impressive four shots.

Having led by a single shot going into the final round he produced four birdies over the back nine holes of the course, which will stage the Ryder Cup in 2014, to overwhelm his rivals.

A closing 68 took Lawrie to 16 under par with the Australian Brett Rumford, who had led after the first round on Thursday also shooting 68. Three players - Sweden's Fredrik Andersson Hed, Maarten Lafeber of the Netherlands and Frenchman Romain Wattel - finished in a tie for third place a shot further back.

From the moment Lawrie made birdie at the 11th in his final round to move four clear of the field, they were never in the hunt.

And Lawrie even claimed he could have put the result beyond doubt far earlier in the day.

"I missed a putt on each of the first five holes," Lawrie said. "I could have been five under at the start, but I kept chugging away and showed patience. It's been the most satisfying week.

"It's been probably one of the best ball-striking weeks in my career. I putted pretty poorly today but still shot four under which showed how nicely I struck the ball.

"The course was wet and soft but I was hitting the ball long. And I am now playing the best golf of my career."

The win, following his victory in the Qatar Masters in February and seven other top 10 finishes represent Lawrie's best season since he joined the European Tour in 1992.

The 43-year-old also became the first Scotsman to win European Tour tournaments on three different courses following his British Open win at Carnoustie in 1999 and Dunhill Links victory at St Andrews in 2001.

The chasing pack was bunched but Rumford, who has not won in Europe since 2007 and almost lost his playing card last year, broke free to finish second outright with two birdies in the last four holes to finish on 12 under.

Scores from the European PGA Tour Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles at the par-72 course on Sunday:

272 Paul Lawrie (Britain) 68 69 67 68 276 Brett Rumford (Australia) 67 70 71 68 277 Fredrik Andersson Hed (Sweden) 73 69 70 65
Maarten Lafeber (Netherlands) 68 73 67 69
Romain Wattel (France) 74 68 63 72 278 Francesco Molinari (Italy) 68 72 71 67
Richie Ramsay (Britain) 69 71 70 68
Colin Montgomerie (Britain) 72 68 69 69
Stephen Gallacher (Britain) 75 67 65 71 279 Peter Whiteford (Britain) 72 69 71 67
Paul Waring (Britain) 71 67 72 69
Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Spain) 72 68 69 70
Thomas Bjorn (Denmark) 70 71 68 70 280 Craig Lee (Britain) 70 73 70 67 281 Anders Hansen (Denmark) 72 72 71 66
Victor Dubuisson (France) 69 72 71 69
Gregory Bourdy (France) 72 66 71 72
Thorbjorn Olesen (Denmark) 68 72 69 72 282 Marcel Siem (Germany) 75 69 71 67
Richard Finch (Britain) 69 67 78 68
James Morrison (Britain) 71 71 72 68
Edouard Dubois (France) 71 70 71 70
Jorge Campillo (Spain) 73 68 70 71
Nicolas Colsaerts (Belgium) 69 70 71 72
Gary Boyd (Britain) 74 70 64 74 283 Ricardo Gonzalez (Argentina) 71 69 76 67
Chris Wood (Britain) 70 70 75 68
David Lynn (Britain) 71 70 73 69
Mark Foster (Britain) 68 68 75 72
Alexander Noren (Sweden) 72 69 70 72
Chris Doak (Britain) 76 66 69 72 284 Rhys Davies (Britain) 72 68 75 69
Pablo Larrazabal (Spain) 75 67 73 69
Ross Fisher (Britain) 76 68 71 69
David Howell (Britain) 70 69 71 74
Knut Borsheim (Norway) 67 73 69 75 285 Tjaart Van der Walt (South Africa) 73 70 71 71
Fabrizio Zanotti (Paraguay) 73 71 70 71
Scott Pinckney (U.S.) 72 70 69 74 286 Lloyd Saltman (Britain) 77 67 71 71
Matthew Nixon (Britain) 71 69 72 74
Matthew Southgate (Britain) 73 67 72 74 287 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 71 71 77 68
Scott Jamieson (Britain) 76 68 73 70
Simon Thornton (Ireland) 75 69 71 72
Tommy Fleetwood (Britain) 71 70 73 73
Robert Coles (Britain) 72 71 71 73
Bradley Dredge (Britain) 71 73 70 73 288 David Dixon (Britain) 75 69 72 72 289 Andrew Marshall (Britain) 71 73 74 71 290 Peter Lawrie (Ireland) 72 72 76 70
Damien McGrane (Ireland) 73 71 73 73
Stephen Dodd (Britain) 73 68 74 75 291 Chris Gane (Britain) 70 73 74 74
Victor Riu (France) 74 70 73 74
Joel Sjoeholm (Sweden) 72 71 74 74
Johan Edfors (Sweden) 71 72 73 75
Daniel Gaunt (Australia) 70 73 72 76
Gary Orr (Britain) 74 67 73 77 292 Richard McEvoy (Britain) 72 72 76 72
Shiv Kapur (India) 72 72 74 74
Oliver Fisher (Britain) 73 70 75 74 293 Jose Manuel Lara (Spain) 72 71 79 71
Benjamin Hebert (France) 70 73 72 78 294 Lloyd Kennedy (Britain) 70 72 77 75 296 Alex Haindl (South Africa) 72 72 80 72 303 Markus Brier (Austria) 73 71 81 78

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