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Lawrie backing Scotland for 2009 Ryder Cup

Paul Lawrie insists that securing the 2009 Ryder Cup for Scotland would mean more to him than his victory in the Open at Carnoustie last year. Lawrie is helping to front his native country's bid which could bring the biennial transatlantic match north of the border after spells in England and Spain.

"We are the home of golf and the Ryder Cup is probably the second or third largest event in the world," said Lawrie. "I can think of nothing better than to play in a winning Ryder Cup team in Scotland. It would mean more to me than Carnoustie."

Seven times European No 1 Colin Montgomerie is also backing the bid in the belief that it would be a major shot in the arm for the sport in Scotland. "Our bid will be a catalyst for the development and promotion of golf in Scotland," said Montgomerie.

"I am delighted that plans have been developed as part of the bid to give so many young people access to the sport, and to give them the chance to play golf by the age of nine is the kind of commitment that few other nations can boast."

Scotland's campaign, which is rivalled by bids from Celtic Manor in Wales, Slaley Hall in north-east England and Sweden, is the favourite to receive the official nod of approval when the successful country is announced by the Ryder Cup committee in January.

Staging the event could net the Scottish economy almost 70 million, and some 24 million has been earmarked to help the growth of the game in Scotland over the next nine years.

A centrepiece of that strategy is an undertaking that every child will be given a chance to play the game by the age of nine. To date, six Scottish venues have expressed an interest in hosting the Ryder Cup - St Andrews, Turnberry, Carnoustie, Muirfield, Loch Lomond and Gleneagles.



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