Lawrie - No place for kids
Scot does not feel Ryder Cup cauldron is place for youngsters
Last Updated: August 21, 2012 9:18pm
Pual Lawrie: Will not be taking his sons to watch him compete at the Ryder Cup in Chicago
Paul Lawrie has revealed he will not be taking his teenage sons with him to the Ryder Cup match at Medinah next month.
The 43-year-old Scot has made it back into Europe's side some 13 years after his debut - the second longest gap in the event's history - and cannot wait for the action to get underway in Chicago.
But Lawrie said that he and his wife Marian will be making the trip stateside alone.
Both 17-year-old Craig and 13-year-old Michael are promising golfers and Craig even caddied for his father in last month's Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.
He is soon to start a golf management degree in Dornoch north of Inverness, while Michael is about to return to school near their Aberdeen home.
But while golf-mad and keen to go, Lawrie feels his sons might not be best served by the raucous and hectic atmosphere of a Ryder Cup clash.
"For me it's not an environment for a 13-year-old boy to be at," Lawrie said.
"We both felt it's so busy, you're not going to see anything and if Marian is walking (inside the ropes) with another wife, who's going to look after the boys behind the ropes?
"I think they were both expecting that they were going to be coming, but they're nae!
"Michael said 'I assume we are coming' and Marian said 'No, you're going to stay at home and watch it on telly'. I think he was a wee bit disappointed."
Memories of Brookline
One of Lawrie's goals now is to keep his place for 2014 and have his boys watch him when Scotland host the match for only the second time at Gleneagles, venue for this week's Johnnie Walker Championship.
His debut came in Boston in 1999, a highly-charged week best remembered for three things - the American invasion of the 17th green before the match was decided, their last-day comeback and the heckling hurled at Colin Montgomerie.
"It was easy for me because I played with Monty and all of the abuse was at him," Lawrie recalls.
"He was our best player that week and so was always going to get all the abuse.
"Apart from the singles, where obviously it kind of went over the line, I think if he was honest he quite enjoyed it. He was an awesome player and he was the subject of the torture."
As for the coming clash at Medinah he added: "I think it's going to be pretty noisy and pretty rowdy - but it was the last time I played there."
Of the nine players certain to be part of Europe's side Lawrie and Italian Francesco Molinari are the only two at Gleneagles and, perhaps not surprisingly, they have been paired together for the opening two rounds on Thursday and Friday.
Captain Jose Maria Olazabal partners Darren Clarke, named last week as one of his assistants, while Thomas Bjorn, another of the backroom team, will be alongside Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, the only player in the field who can still force himself into an automatic spot.
The only player to have waited longer than Lawrie to return to the Ryder Cup was Christy O'Connor Jnr - he played in 1975 and 1989.