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Paul Lawrie
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Personal information
Full name Paul Stewart Lawrie
Born 1 January 1969 (1969-01-01) (age 41)
Aberdeen, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Nationality  Scotland
Residence Aberdeen, Scotland
Career
Turned professional 1986
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 1992)
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 5
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
The Masters T15: 2003
U.S. Open T30: 2002
Open Championship Won: 1999
PGA Championship T34: 1999

Paul Stewart Lawrie MBE (born 1 January 1969) is a Scottish professional golfer who is best known for winning The Open Championship in 1999.

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Life and career

Lawrie was born in Aberdeen. He turned professional in 1986 and became a member of the European Tour in 1992. He performed steadily without doing much to draw attention to himself, aside from a 6th place finish in the 1993 Open Championship. In his first seven seasons his only top 50 finish on the Order of Merit came in 1996 when he was 21st. However he also finished in the top 100 in all but one of the other six seasons, and picked up a debut tour win at the 1996 Catalan Open.

Lawrie's career was transformed in 1999. After winning the Qatar Masters, which is a European Tour event, early in the season, he went on to win the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie in July. This was the Open where the Frenchman Jean Van de Velde famously threw away a three-shot lead on the final hole. Lawrie won a four-hole playoff against Van de Velde and the American Justin Leonard. An unusual aspect of Lawrie's victory was that he was neither leader or co-leader at any time during his regulation 72 holes, only moving into a share of the lead when the leaders came back to him after he had completed his final round. Also, Lawrie came back from the largest third-round deficit ever faced by a major championship winner; going into the final day, he trailed the leader, Van de Velde, by 10 shots. This is also the record for the biggest final-round comeback on the PGA Tour.

After his major championship victory, Lawrie's game shifted to a higher level without quite moving him into the global elite group of golfers. He finished 9th on the European Tour Order of Merit in 1999, 6th in 2001, when he captured the lucrative Dunhill Links Championship, and 10th in 2002, when he won his fifth European Tour title at the Wales Open.

After winning the Open, Lawrie was a member of the PGA Tour for several seasons, while also continuing to compete on the European Tour. He enjoyed little success in the U.S. and when his five year major championship exemption expired at the end of the 2004 season, he lost his PGA Tour card.

Lawrie was the last European player to win a major until 2007, when that drought was ended by Pádraig Harrington of Ireland in The Open Championship.

Paul Lawrie achieved an albatross in the final round of the 2009 Open Championship.

European Tour wins (5)

Lawrie comes out from the rough at the Scottish Hydro Challenge

Other professional wins

  • 1990 Scottish Assistants Championship
  • 1992 UAP Under 25s Championship, Scottish Brewers Championship
  • 2002 Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Match Play Championship

Major championships

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Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runners-up
1999 The Open Championship 10 shot deficit +6 (73-74-76-67=290) Playoff 1 United States Justin Leonard, France Jean Van de Velde

1 Defeated Justin Leonard and Jean Van de Velde in 4-hole playoff: Lawrie (5-4-3-3=15), Leonard (5-4-4-5=18), Van de Velde (6-4-3-5=18)

Results timeline

Tournament 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T22 T6 T24 T58 CUT DNP CUT 1
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T34
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
The Masters CUT CUT CUT T15 T37 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP CUT T30 CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T42 T59 CUT CUT T52 CUT CUT CUT T47
PGA Championship T72 CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Results in World Golf Championship events

Tournament 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Accenture Match Play Championship DNP QF R32 R64 R64
CA Championship T37 DNP NT1 T54 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational T21 DNP DNP T65 DNP

1Cancelled due to 9/11
DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No Tournament
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances

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