Updated: 21/07/2012 18:22 | By pa.press.net

Lawrie plays down 1999 similarities



Scotland's Paul Lawrie is in contention at the Open Championships

Scotland's Paul Lawrie is in contention at the Open Championships

Former champion Paul Lawrie acknowledges he has given himself the best chance to win The Open since his victory in 1999 but so far he sees no comparisons with that triumph.

The Scot added a one-over 71 to his opening 65 to be four under going into the weekend. He may already be six shots off the lead set by American Brandt Snedeker's impressive 64 but Lawrie knows better than most how quickly things can turn around.

"Not really, because I was well behind," he said when asked whether he could see parallels with 13 years ago at Carnoustie. "Maybe not so much after two days but I was 10 shots back in '99 with a round to go. What am I now, six shots at the moment? So you're looking to claw a few of them back tomorrow and give yourself a chance."

He added: "There's 36 holes to go and obviously Brandt has played phenomenal golf to be 10 under par - that is world class to be fair. You've got to keep going and keep grinding away and keep doing what you're doing.

"Hopefully you have a couple of under-par scores over the weekend and you're in there roughly with a chance. Apart from '99 I've not had any chance to win this tournament (having missed the cut seven times) so to go into the weekend [in contention] it's a good performance again, a nice run, so hopefully I can keep it going."

Snedeker and fellow Americans Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner and Australian Adam Scott - who all play the vast majority of their golf on the PGA Tour - are all in the four.

The suggestion has been that a lack of wind and wet fairways and greens have made Royal Lytham more 'Americanised' as it is not playing like a traditional links. Lawrie can see why that the argument has been made but believes the course is still difficult and that any stiffening of the breeze over the weekend will see scores shooting up.

"You're not going to get it any calmer than it has been these first two days," said the 43-year-old. "It would be nice if it blew a little bit over the weekend but this course is so severe you don't want to any windier than what we've had it.

"The course is pretty tough, as you can see by the scores, and I couldn't quite believe that Brandt got to 10 under.

"I think my one-over-par round was a good effort. I wouldn't say there was any hanging on, I played quite nicely and had a few chances and I was disappointed not to get a birdie on 18."

0Comments
Get the Bing Sports App for Windows 8 (© Microsoft)

latest golf news

  • Tommy Fleetwood made a good start to the Wales Open on Thursday

    Paul McGinley's decision to set up Celtic Manor like Gleneagles ahead of next week's Ryder Cup looked to be paying dividends on Thursday, but not quite how the European captain might have expected.

  • Paul McGinley, right, and Tom Watson, left, are dreaming of very different outcomes at next week's Ryder Cup

    Rival captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson have outlined their visions for next week's Ryder Cup - and unsurprisingly they are completely different.

  • Paul McGinley is just days away from leading Europe in the Ryder Cup

    European captain Paul McGinley believes his side faces a "different threat" from the United States as they look to defend the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles next week.

  • Laura Davies, pictured, would love to be offered membership to the R&A

    Women who have made a "significant contribution" to golf will be first in line to join the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, if the club votes in favour of women members.

  • Tiger Woods has been unable to swing a club during his injury lay-off

    Tiger Woods is "in no hurry" to hire a new swing coach - as he has yet to swing a club during his latest injury lay-off.

  • Billy Horschel, pictured, finished three shots clear of Jim Furyk and Rory McIlroy in Atlanta on Sunday  AP

    Rory McIlroy missed out on a £7million payday as Billy Horschel won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title in Atlanta on Sunday.

  • Rory McIlroy, pictured, struggled to a closing 71 as playing partner Billy Horschel won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup title  AP

    Rory McIlroy admitted he was looking forward to seeing the back of his golf clubs for a few days after failing to land a £7million jackpot in Atlanta.

  • Greg Norman is expected to make a full recovery after his chainsaw accident

    Two-time major winner Greg Norman is expected to make a "full, speedy recovery" after injuring his left arm in a chainsaw accident over the weekend.

  • Karrie Webb suffered a heartbreaking defeat on Sunday

    Korean teenager Hyo-Joo Kim birdied the 72nd hole to win the Evian Championship in her first ever major appearance on Sunday.

  • Paul Casey claimed his 13th European Tour title in Holland

    England's Paul Casey was over the moon with his performance in the KLM Open, and he was not the only one after a unique hole-in-one prize was claimed on Sunday.

  • Stephen Gallacher is glad to escape the "manic" Ryder Cup preparations

    Rory McIlroy may need a rest, but rookie Stephen Gallacher is happy to get back to work in the ISPS Handa Wales Open to escape the "manic" Ryder Cup preparations at Gleneagles.

  • Andy Sullivan has won a trip into space after hitting a hole-in-one on the 15th hole of the KLM Open in the Netherlands.

    Andy Sullivan will be forgiven for feeling over the moon after winning a trip into space with a hole-in-one in the final round of the KLM Open at the Kennemer Golf & Country Club on Sunday.

  • Rory McIlroy was chasing more success in Atlanta

    Rory McIlroy is just 18 holes away from an amazing £7million payday after claiming a share of the lead with Billy Horschel at the Tour Championship in Atlanta.

  • Greg Norman is recovering in hospital after a chainsaw accident

    Two-time major winner Greg Norman said he was "damaged" but "lucky" to still have a left hand after a chainsaw accident on Saturday.

  • Romain Wattel is in pole position in Holland

    France's Romain Wattel will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the KLM Open on Sunday as he seeks his first European Tour title.