Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Paul Lawrie plans to play USA seniors tour 

without abandoning 

European circuits

Paul Lawrie plans to follow the example of Colin Montgomerie and Miguel Angel Jimenez by playing in the USA when he turns 50.
At 46, it would have been understandable if Lawrie decided to wind down his career because of his numerous off-course commitments.
However, nothing could be further from the truth.
As he returns to the European Tour this week at the Spanish Open in Barcelona, the two-time Ryder Cup hero intends to keep competing on a regular basis until he is 50 - and well beyond.
Lawrie said: "I am staying competitive for the senior tours. I'm past the stage of taking a wee break and then getting back into it. I'd have to have done that when I was 42 or 43.
"It's too late to take time out now so I'm going to keep playing and try to keep myself competitive so that I'm ready when I get to 50.
"With my game and the distance I hit the ball now, the senior tours could  play into my hands - a little bit like Monty did. He kept competitive and won two Senior Majors last year." 
With a one-year exemption as a former Open champion, Lawrie aims to play on the Champions Tour in the States, just as Scots compatriot Montgomerie has done. However, Paul doesn't intend to abandon Europe.
Lawrie said: "If I was allowed to, I'd do what Miguel Angel has done. He's still competitive on all the tours. He defends the Spanish Open at El Prat this week. So my plan is to play over there (the States) quite a bit but come back and play a few European seniors and regular tour events.
"I'm 26th in the European Tour career money table and if I'm still top 40 by the time I'm 50, I could still play the events I play now.
"But I'll need to stay competitive and keep my schedule up. I still feel I can get back to the top 50 in the world."



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