Paul Lawrie shot a smooth round of 65 to win the Qatar Masters for the second time with a four-shot win over Jason Day and Peter Hanson at the Doha Golf Club on Sunday. This flawless performance, a last round of 65 for a total of – 15 under par, elevates ’Chippy’ into the worlds top 50 for the first time since 2003. Just a year ago the 1999 Open champion was down at 272nd in the rankings, now he is part of golf’s elite group again. Chippy said after his last round;
“I don’t think I can play much better than that, I’ve been playing well for a long, long time, but it’s just nice to come out one ahead and shoot seven under.’When you’ve got a chance to win a tournament you don’t sleep as well the night before and things go racing through your mind. You’ve got to get back to basics and I did that. I hit some nice shots coming in.”
When he was prompted that after his last Qatar Masters win he then went on to win the Open and raise the Claret Jug in 1999 he smiled and said;
“Now wouldn’t that be nice to get that again?’
The Ryder Cup question was asked;
“I’ve been trying to keep that to the back of my mind. If I keep playing as I am I will get in, there’s no question, but there’s a long way to go and I know as well as anyone that there are a lot of good players.”
American John Daly finished in 4th position at -9 under par, his best finish since 2009 and his 2nd place in the Italian Open.