Friday 20 September 2019

Lawrie 'won't give up' on tour after disqualifying himself

Peter Lawrie - 'I won't give up'
Peter Lawrie - 'I won't give up'

Brian Keogh in Girona

Peter Lawrie disqualified himself from the European Tour Qualifying School but vowed not to give up on his tour career without a fight - at least, not yet.

The 41-year old Dubliner took what he described a "wrong drop" from a staked tree on PGA Catalunya Resort's par-five 12th hole and opted not to sign what was already an error-strewn card.

Dropping away from a tree that wasn't physically attached to a stake was the last straw and as he was 10-over par for the tournament by then, before unofficially shooting 86.

"I won't give up," said Lawrie, who expects to get around 22 starts next year - having finishing 124th in the Race to Dubai - on the back of receiving some 17 sponsors' invitations.

"I have never been a giver-upper, so I will carry on and I will play next year though apart from the Irish Open, I won't be seeking invites. I have had my fair share and it's time for somebody else to get them."

It was another mixed day for the Irish as Damien McGrane and Kevin Phelan shot four-under 66s on the Tour Course to move up to tied 26th and tied 48th on seven under and four under respectively after three rounds.

Paul Dunne's mediocre 70 saw the Greystones man drop from 36th to tied 55th on three-under, five strokes outside the top 25 and ties that will be awarded full tour cards after six rounds.

The top 70 and ties make the fourth-round cut tonight but, while Simon Thornton is just one outside the mark on one under after a three-over 73 on the Tour Course, Headfort's Brian Casey and Rosapenna's Ruaidhri McGee are preparing to pack their bags at six over and 10 over respectively.

"It was definitely better than yesterday," joked McGee, who recovered from his 87 on Sunday with a 73, while Casey shot a three over 75.

McGee will regroup on the Challenge Tour next year but he's tempted to try for as many starts as possible on the main tour, which he feels suits his game better.

Resisting the lure of the big circus is something that Lawrie understands as he tries to eke a living and some job satisfaction in what is the ultimate numbers game.

"It's like anything," Lawrie said. "Do you enjoy a job that is not giving you something back? The big problem is the potential golden egg. But sometimes you have to look at the expense account and weigh one up against the other."

McGrane shot six birdies but confessed that it was a grind while Phelan came home in five-under 30 and hopes his precision game will pay dividends on the tough Stadium Course over the next three days.

Dunne was "disappointed" that nearly all elements of his game deserted him in round three.

"I just played crap to be honest," Dunne said. "I didn't do anything well. I drove it badly and hit a lot of bad irons shots. But there are three more days, hopefully I can do a bit better on the tougher course."

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