Lawrie's chances frustrated by 'idiot' putting
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (PA Sport) -- Former Open champion Paul Lawrie left Royal Lytham frustrated after "putting like an idiot" again.
The Scot, winner at Carnoustie in 1999, got progressively worse in his first three rounds, having been second after opening with a 65 to equal his best score in the tournament.
He improved marginally with a closing 72, but blamed his form on the greens for costing him the chance of something much better.
"I played nicely and just putted like an idiot again. Thursday I putted beautifully, so it's just a bit weird," said the 43-year-old. "I just holed nothing out there, it is so disappointing. I think frustrated would be an understatement.
"I think I've hit the ball this week, not as good as I can, but extremely well," he added. "Had I been top-10 this week, I think it would have been fair enough."
Lawrie will now have the whole of next week off to undertake a sponsored walk, together with his wife Marian and two other couples, along the 79-mile Great Glen Way from Fort William to Inverness in Scotland to raise money for the Paul Lawrie Foundation and Leukemia Research Beatson in memory of his coach and friend Adam Hunter, who died from leukemia last year.
"I'm ready for just a bit of a break," he said. "Even with the week off for the French Open (earlier this month) I was quite busy that week, whereas next week there will be no golf at all involved.
"I won't hit one ball, which will be nice," he added. "The next ball I hit will be in Akron (at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational starting on Aug. 2)."