The Scotsman, who won the 1999 British Open in spectacular fashion, says he will retire from the European Tour and play only the British Open as a past champion and a few senior events
620: Number of tournaments that Scotland’s Paul Lawrie has played on the European Tour. Lawrie, 51, announced before missing the cut at the Scottish Open that he no longer will compete on the tour. Lawrie won eight times on the European Tour, but none more memorably than his 1999 British Open victory. Lawrie was in the clubhouse at Carnoustie when Jean Van de Velde strode to the 18th tee with a three-stroke lead before the Frenchman proceeded to make a triple bogey, allowing American Justin Leonard and eventual winner Lawrie into a four-hole aggregate playoff. In recent years, Lawrie has used his eponymous foundation to introduce children to golf and help sponsor elite players who aspire to become touring professionals. In that spirit of helping others with a hand up, Lawrie said he would play only in the British Open as a past champion and occasional senior events. “I don’t want to play in tournaments just to make up the numbers,” Lawrie said. “If I’m stopping a young boy from having a game, having a career, I don’t want that. I’m a big believer that you don’t hang about. When your time’s up, your time’s up, and you go.”
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