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Paul Lawrire awarded honorary doctorate

Just call him Dr. Paul Lawrie. The Open champion, who won the title at Carnoustie five months ago in a dramatic three-way playoff, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree today from Robert Gordon University.

"Paul Lawrie's success in the Open championship has transformed his life and career," said John Harper, dean of the faculty of Health and Social Care, who presented the degree. "It has ensured financial security for him and his family and propelled his career onto the world-wide stage."

Lawrie, who left school to pursue a golf career, said he was shocked when he was notified by mail of the award. Lawrie, the first Scot to win the Open title in Scotland since 1893, called it a "fantastic year."

"Obviously, I want to go on and make every year the same, but we will see what we can do," he said.