Paul Lawrie drops five shots in as many holes to slip out of Masters contention

Last Updated: 13/04/13 11:30pm

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Paul Lawrie: Paid the price for a series of missed birdie chances

Paul Lawrie: Paid the price for a series of missed birdie chances

Paul Lawrie could not hide his frustration after crashing out of contention at the Masters following a horrific finish to his third-round 75.

The 1999 Open champion was just eight shots off the lead at the halfway stage, and birdies at 12 and 13 got him back to level par for the tournament.

But he then bogeyed three of the next four holes and rounded off a disappointing day with an ungly double-bogey six at the 18th to slip to five over.

"I played lovely out there, it's just the usual - play good and get kicked in the b******s," the 44-year-old said. "It's been happening for months so I should be used to it by now, but I'm not.

"I played beautiful the first 13 holes, could have been anything, five or six under. I was only two under and then I hit one poor shot at 14 and made bogey, three-putted 16, poor shot off 18; just the usual.

"I'm old enough to know that it's just a part of the game. But I mean it's just a strain. It's a joke. I played magnificent out there and I shoot three over. It's just unbelievable.

"But that course does that. You can be a yard off and you're making double bogey out there. You have to have your wits about you and try and just play as best as possible.

"I must have missed seven or eight putts inside 12 feet for birdie and you just can't do that, it just catches up with you.

"It's like a football team that has 15 shots on target and don't score a goal - they're going to get beat 1-0, it's a guarantee."

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