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Lawrie hopes to rediscover his game

January 07, 2015 10:05:12 UK

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie is eager to put a lengthy run of struggles for form and fitness behind him when he tees off at the South African Open.

The 46-year-old Scotsman has not tasted victory since the Johnnie Walker Championship in August 2012, admitting that his game was far from its best the following year, before 2014 saw his efforts hampered by injury.

However, the 1999 Claret Jug winner is now more upbeat about his prospects and hopes to go well at the SA Open, being played at the Glendower Golf Club in Ekurhuleni.

The past few months I’ve started to feel like I’m going to get back up there.

Paul Lawrie

He told the Sunshine Tour website: “2013 was just a terrible year really. I was in all the events, even the WGCs and the majors. There wasn’t an event in the world I couldn’t have played, but I just played really poorly.

“I drove the ball badly, hardly had the ball in play much at all and I didn’t even finish inside the top 60 in the Order of Merit. It was just a disastrous year.

“Then I got injured towards the end of 2013 and the start of 2014 and only played 16 events last year. I was probably only fit for about five or six of them too, so it’s been a bit of a downward spiral.

“But I think the past few months I’ve started to feel like I’m going to get back up there, so that’s the plan.”

Lawrie can be backed at 91.00 to win the South African Open, with five-time champion Ernie Els 17.00 and Branden Grace 9.00.

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