CRANS-SUR-SIERRE, Switzerland -- Paul Lawrie has moved on from Scotland to Switzerland to try to pull off the same double that Thomas Bjorn achieved last year.
A month before his return to the Ryder Cup after a 13-year gap, Lawrie won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on Sunday. Now he is out to take Bjorn's Omega European Masters title as well -- and the pair will go head-to-head in the opening two rounds at Crans-sur-Sierre.
Peter Hanson is the only other member of Jose Maria Olazabal's side in a field that also includes 57-year-old Greg Norman and Chinese amateur Andy Zhang, the 14-year-old who in June became the youngest-ever player to qualify for the U.S. Open.
There is also Hanson's fellow Swede Kristoffer Broberg, whose recent form has been nothing short of sensational. On Saturday, the 26-year-old became the fastest player in Challenge Tour history to earn three victories and instant promotion to the European Tour.
After wins in Finland and Norway earlier in the month, Broberg won the Rolex Trophy in Geneva with a closing 40-foot birdie putt. He had played just five Challenge Tour events and finished third and ninth in the other two. He is also 75 under par for this month alone.
"It's so amazing, I'm just so happy," Broberg said. "I can't wait to play on the European Tour.
"I'm playing so well and my confidence is so high at the moment that I feel like I can compete out there," he added. "At the moment I want to keep playing as much as I can because I'm playing the best golf of my life."
Olazabal and his four assistants Bjorn, Darren Clarke, Paul McGinley and Miguel Angel Jimenez are all playing, and former world No. 3 Paul Casey will try again to turn his game around.
Casey, who dislocated his shoulder snowboarding last Christmas, is now out of the sport's top 100, although he did make only his second halfway cut of the season at the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina a few weeks ago.
Colin Montgomerie, meanwhile, is hoping his sixth place at Gleneagles on Sunday is the start of a comeback for him, too. The 49-year-old Scot last finished higher than that four years ago and returns now to the event he won 16 years ago,