Scottish Open: Paul Lawrie fails to make the cut and damages his Ryder Cup prospects
PAUL Lawrie suffered a blow to his Ryder Cup hopes today by missing the cut in the Scottish Open, although he praised the work of his stand-in caddie - 16-year-old son Craig.
The 43-year-old from Aberdeen, who last represented Europe in 1999 two months after winning The Open, needed a replacement for the week because the wife of his regular bag-man Dave Kenny was expecting.
After rounds of 73 and 69 at Castle Stuart, Lawrie - currently third in the cup standings with six more weeks of qualifying to go - said: "Craig did brilliant here.
"He did everything a caddie could do and he enjoyed it. He said it was pretty cool - even with his dad putting like that.
"I struggle when I take a regular caddie for a week - I don't like doing that.
"These guys are set in their ways and it takes a few weeks to get used to them.
"I thought it was perfect having Craig on the bag as he knows my game - and he could make sure I wasn't adding up the scores wrong."
Kenny will be back for next week's Open Championship, the second half of what Lawrie calls "the biggest two weeks of the year".
On his second round performance today, he said: "I hit the ball really good and didn't miss a fairway, something I've not done for a long time.
"That's the positive, but putting was the problem again. In fact, it was awful.
"I shot three under having 33 putts. I've been struggling on the greens the last few weeks, to be honest.
"I know where it comes from, which is the good thing, so it won't take long to fix it. I'll put in a couple of hours over the next couple of days.
"It's a pity as you want to put up a decent show in your home tournament, but you can't putt like that and expect to make the cut, never mind contend."
Kenny's wife gave birth on Thursday morning.
"He texted me to say he was knackered - I'm not sure it's him who should be," Lawrie said.
Fellow Scot Colin Montgomerie also bowed out, ending his chances of a return to Royal Lytham. He was the halfway leader there in 2001, but finished only 13th - one of a long list of major disappointments.
Montgomerie shot 71-72 for one under in Inverness, where the leading non-exempt player in the top five on Sunday is handed an Open spot.