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Paul Lawrie
Paul Lawrie: Will be playing in just his second Ryder Cup and first since 1999.

Paul Lawrie: Will be playing in just his second Ryder Cup and first since 1999.


For nearly 10 years the 43-year-old Lawrie was in something of a career slump.

Fact Box

  • Paul was 10 shots back going into the final round when he won the 1999 Open at Carnoustie. It's the largest third-round deficit ever faced by a major championship winner.
  • He is vastly experienced at team golf and has played at the World Cup, Alfred Dunhill Cup, Seve Trophy and Royal Trophy.
  • Paul lists his sporting heroes as Alex Ferguson, Aberdeen Football Club and Sandy Lyle.

That's a relative term because he chugged along on the European Tour, retaining his card, but he couldn't find the win.

It was a surprise because having won the 1999 Open Championship, and followed that up with a stunning Ryder Cup debut in the same year, he looked set to become a star of the European game. He did win another two titles, but then he moved to the sidelines.

However, the last two years have been a career Indian summer with wins in the 2011 Open de Andalucia, February's Qatar Masters and last month's Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Always a fine striker of the ball and a noted scrambler, he has recovered his putting touch and it has transformed his game.

He will relish a return to Ryder Cup duty having had that superb debut and waited 13 years to have another go!

In 1999 he won two-and-a-half points from four matches playing alongside Colin Montgomerie, and then defeated Jeff Maggert 4&3 on a final day when the Europeans were on the wrong end of an infamous US fightback.