Former Open winner Paul Lawrie is the favourite to take victory on his debut in the upcoming Farmfoods British Par 3 Championships.
Lawrie will be at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire for the Pro Am competition which takes place on the middle two days of the Championship, the 6th and 7th of August.
The Scot famously won the Open Championship in 1999 at Carnoustie and has since gone on to win eight times on the European Tour. He also helped Europe pull off their amazing Ryder Cup triumph in the ‘Miracle of Medinah’ in 2012.
Craig Lawrie, son of Paul, played in the event last year and won the Norma C Herd Silver Salver, recognition of his best placed finish by an amateur. Paul’s son Michael will also play in the event making it a real family affair.
Also lining up are 2012 Abu Dhabi Championship winner Robert Rock and European Solheim Cup star Charley Hull.
The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship has been held at Nailcote Hall since 1998 and is the most valuable Par 3 tournament in the world with a total prize fund of £100,000.
The event will be hosted by Europe’s most successful Ryder Cup captain, Tony Jacklin CBE, and takes place from August 5-8.
It features the Championship Pro-Am competition and two Celeb-Am contests, offering golf lovers the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with stars of the European Tour and Senior’s Tour or a well-known personality from the world of sport or entertainment.
Matthew Hayes, Managing Director of Champions (UK) plc, the event organiser, is delighted to welcome Ryder Cup star Lawrie to the Championship.
“Each year the Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship attracts some of the biggest names in world golf and this year is no different. Paul is without doubt one of the finest players to have played on the European Tour and we are very honoured that he will attend this year’s Championship."
The Championship has a real garden party atmosphere and attracts a vast array of stars as well as professional golfers.
This year Sky Sports commentators Alan McInally, Johnny Herbert and Matt Le Tissier will be battling hard on the Cromwell Course while Peter Schmeichel, Sir Garfield Sobers, Jasper Carrott, Peter Shilton and Matthew Hoggard will also play.
Highlights will be broadcast on Sky Sports for the sixth year running and the four-day festivities will be brought to a close by a star-studded, black tie gala dinner held inside the luxury marquee at the 17th century Hall on Friday the 8th August.
Sky Bet have priced up the event and go: 16/1 Paul Lawrie, 20/1 Eddie Pepperell, Matthew Nixon, Andy Sullivan, Paul Broadhurst, Anthony Wall, Mark Murphy, 22/1 Robert Rock, Lee Slattery, 25/1 Neil Fenwick, Andrew Marshall, Peter Baker, 28/1 Gary Boyd, Charley Hull, Raymond Russell, Gary Wolstenholme, 33/1 bar.