Lawrie stands for & # 039; mental fight & # 039; in competitive return

Posted by on February 20, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

Paul Lawrie has not played any competitive golf since the Trophee Hassan II in Morroco last year

Paul Lawrie says he still has a mental battle & # 39; to overcome when he prepares to return to a competitive wave after eight months due to injury.

The Open champion of 1999 was operated on his foot last summer and also had back problems.

Although he feels physically fit, he admits that the injuries have influenced his self-confidence.

"Physically my foot is 100%." ​​I am coming, "said Lawrie.

" The injury is good. "The foot has been brilliant

"I had a small problem with the confidence to continue to my foot. Not because it is not ready, but only because I have had an operation and mentally I have stepped off when I play.

"It has been more than ever a mental battle, my back is not great because I did not play a lot of golf, so next week I will play in Qatar and then Qatar and see where we are.

"I had a break of eight months and I'm going to play golf again."

Lawrie will make his competitive return to golf next week in Oman, his first tournament since April last year.

Now 50, the Aberdonian is eligible to play seniors golf, by joining Colin Montgomerie and Bernard Langer.

And he "will withdraw himself" to be a success if he joining the Senior Tour, adding that it is now likely to dominate its schedule.

"They have beaten me all my career so I'm not saying I'm going to get out of there," said Lawrie.

"The standard there is very, very high. Monty [Montgomerie] thinks I will do well, but I know that the competition is fierce at every level. But if I am fit, I will withdraw myself to try and win a few events.

"It will be exciting to get out of there and try a few events."

He added: "I have a few invitations in America, not very many, but there they play for good money with 54 holes.

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of his Open Championship success in Carnoustie and his plan is to play in this year's event at Royal Portrush.

Before that time he will organize a Celebrity PRO-AM in Gleneagles with a six-figure goal to bring together for three charities: Paul Lawrie Foundation, My Name & # 39; 5 Doddie Foundation and Beatson Cancer Charity

Lawrie hopes many of the pros that will play in the Scottish Open last week will be, with a number of celebrities who already confirm that they will play.

"I'm just trying to get the celebrities," he said. So far I have had a nice reaction from Neil Lennon. I would not be able to get my earliest footballer Willie Miller.

"Gordon Strachan, Len Goodman, the Evans brothers [Max and Tom] Rory Lawson, and there is still a pile of people to come back to me."

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