Ahead of the DP World Tour Championship, Paul Lawrie reflects on a remarkably successful 12 months
Last Updated: November 22, 2012 7:15am
Paul Lawrie: second in Dubai 12 months ago
Paul Lawrie is hoping to complete an incredible year in the perfect fashion by winning in Dubai this week.
The Scot credits his second place finish here 12 months ago with the kick-start his career needed after years in the doldrums.
"This week last year was the one that really gave me back my self belief," he said. "When you go close to winning tournaments of this size it gives you a boost.
"Last year made me feel like I belonged again in the top 50 of the world rankings. I think a lot of my play this season all goes down to that event."
Lawrie has the chance to make his 21st season on the European Tour his best yet - but he does not see it as his last chance.
The former Open champion will turn 44 on New Year's Day, but following his return to the Ryder Cup after an 13-year gap and writing an autobiography, he hopes there are many more chapters to write.
"I've still got as much desire as anyone out here to practise and play and put the work in that's needed," Lawrie said at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai, where he was runner-up to Alvaro Quiros last December.
"I don't see why I can't have an even better year next year than I've had this year."
Lawrie has been consistency personified in 2012, stringing together nine top 10 finishes including victories at the Qatar Masters and the Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland.
He currently stands 10th on the money list. Sixth was his best - not surprisingly in 1999 when he won the Open at Carnoustie - but he could climb as high as second by Sunday.
That would also take him to his highest-ever position in the world rankings. He has never been higher than his current 27th.
"It's been a few years since I was top 50 and it's been lovely to be back in it again - and I've felt kind of pretty comfortable there," he added.
"I think I've had nine top 10s, so it's been a fantastic year and I'm looking forward to capping it off with a good week this week."