Lawrie thanks fans for ‘unbelievable’ support

19-07-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. The 144th Open, The Old Course, St Andrews, 12 - 19 July 2015. Sunday 19 July. Round 3. Paul Lawrie.
19-07-2015. Picture Michael Gillen. The 144th Open, The Old Course, St Andrews, 12 - 19 July 2015. Sunday 19 July. Round 3. Paul Lawrie.

Local golfer and former Open Champion, Paul Lawrie battled the conditions to finish tied 40th overall of this years 144th Open Championship with a score of 5 under par.

Paul started the competition in some style on the Thursday, shooting a 66 on the Old Course at St Andrew’s to finish tied second for the lead on 6 under par.

Mother Nature dominated the second and third days play on Friday and Saturday at St Andrew’s with high winds and heavy rain and flooding causing disruption throughout the day. Despite this Paul finished Friday’s Second Round in 70, leaving him 8 under par and tied third.

Due to the weather disruption it was decided that only the Third Round would be played on Sunday, meaning that the competition would finish on Monday.

Sunday was not so kind to Paul, and he finished with a 74, leaving him 6 under for the Championship.

The final day saw Paul go one better than the Sunday, carding a final round 73, leaving him 5 under for the Championship.

Paul confessed to being “disappointed” that his challenge faded over the final two rounds highlighting missed putts as the root of the problem.

However he was delighted with the level of support received from the galleries over the the four days, describing the support as “unbelievable”.