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Lawrie enjoys albatross at Open

The 138th Open, Turnberry
Date: 16-19 July
Coverage: Live TV coverage on BBC Two, Online and the Red Button, live on BBC Radio Scotland, Radio 5 Live and text commentary online on all four days


Paul Lawrie at Turnberry on Sunday
Lawrie finished with a two-under-par round of 68

Paul Lawrie carded a rare albatross during a good final round of 68 at the Open at Turnberry.

The winner of the Claret Jug 10 years ago, Lawrie holed a four iron from 213 yards at the par-five 7th hole.

"It's nice to finish on a positive note, I've struggled badly this week with my game," said Lawrie, who finished on eight over par.

David Drysdale, the only other Scot to make the cut, shot a 73 on Sunday to trail Lawrie by two strokes.

Colin Montgomerie, Elliot and Lloyd Saltman, Martin Laird, Sandy Lyle, Gary Orr and Richie Ramsay all missed the cut on Friday.

But Lawrie revealed that a chat with veteran coach Bob Torrance had helped improve his game on the final day.

"I played an awful lot better today. I saw Bob Torrance on the range last night for about an hour and a half and again this morning and I quite liked what he had to say," said Lawrie.

"He gave me a couple of things to work on today and I hit the ball better, it was like night and day. I'd never worked with Bob before and I'd always wanted him to have a look. Yesterday I really struggled (with a round of 76) so I thought I had nothing to lose."

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Of his albatross, Lawrie added: "I've never holed a second shot before on a par five. I had 213 yards to the pin and hit a nice four iron and saw it go in too, which was lovely.

"I don't think it was going in that fast, it was the perfect distance really."

The Aberdonian was out in 31 after also picking up a shot on the 3rd but undid his good work with an ugly triple bogey at the par-four 12th and a dropped shot at the 14th.

However, the 40-year-old gained another stroke at the 15th and birdied the last to go out on a high note.



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