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Lawrie cashing in Open win in US

Paul Lawrie flies to Hawaii on Tuesday for the Mercedes Championships with a cheque for £125,000 already guaranteed.

He didn't win the Williams World Challenge in Arizona, an elite Millennium-launching tournament for 12 invited players. A closing 74, partly played through an unseasonal hail storm in the desert saw him slip to seventh place, a long way behind the winner, Tom Lehman.

But Lawrie did beat the man behind the event, Tiger Woods, by two shots, the US PGA champion showing, after all, that like the rest of us, he is human. It was his worst round for two years and only the third time in 36 rounds he failed to equal or better par.

Once again the one-time Scottish Professional title winner and current Open champion has proved that he can live with the best. His 66 was bettered by no one in the third round.

It will be fascinating to follow his progress on the US Tour before he makes his first appearance on the European Tour, in Dubai, in early March.


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