Paul Lawrie rolled back the years today as he won the Open de Andalucia by one shot, over Swede Johan Edfors.
The Scot finished on 12 under par, with Edfors 11 under and Chile’s Felipe Aguilar one shot back on 10 under.
Having led overnight, I was hoping Lawrie could hold his nerve. He did just that, but after a terrible start. He bogeyed three of his first five holes, having only dropped one shot all week.
But, he managed to get back on track and birdied the 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th to seal his first victory in 9 years. That came in 2002, when he won the Welsh Open at Celtic Manor. Of course, he also won the British Open at Carnoustie in 1999.
The Aberdonian told Sky Sports : “It’s nice, it’s been a long time, nine years, and I’ve had a few second places in there too…I played lovely and the putter behaved better. I got on a nice run at the right time.”
Here’s the rest of that interview….
It was a great day for golf as the sun shone non-stop, but high winds made it tricky for the players. However it added to the enjoyment.
In fact, at one point, 6 players were separated by just one shot!
It was good to see Lawrie win after a 9-year drought and to see a Scot lift a trophy again. It has been a while since that last happened and hopefully this paves the way for other Scots.
In fact, Scottish born Martin Laird leads the Arnold Palmer Invitational in America as I write.
I hope I haven’t jinxed it now…
So, a good little spell for Scottish golfers and long may it continue!