Glory for Lawrie in Qatar

by JP Lonergan , 05 February 2012

Paul Lawrie coasted to victory in the Qatar Masters at Doha Golf Club on Sunday.

Thirteen years after previously tasting glory at the same event, the Scot never lost his day two lead at the curtailed event. A third round of seven-under-65 was more than eoough to see him end the weekend on 15-under-par, four shots clear of Australia’s Jason Day and Denmark’s Peter Hanson in joint second.

With the event cut short to just three days after fierce winds curtailed the majority of Friday’s play, Lawrie shone in the two days since. His second round five-under-72 was added to by a fresh birdie at the first on Sunday, with his steady Scottish hands parring him the rest of the way to the end of the front nine, where he superbly saved two for eagle at the ninth to move clear of the field.

Furthers successes at 11, 14, 16 and 17 then ensured that, try as they might, none of the chasing pack could get near him.

Day, to be fair, was heavily involved in the chase. The Australian, who saved some of his best form for majors last year, also signed for a 65 on the final day. He flew out of the traps with four successive birdies before a couple of dropped shots before the turn killed his momentum.

Somehow, he regained that momentum to go birdie-birdie-birdie-birdie again at the start of the back nine, but he was adrift by now and his ninth birdie of the round at 18 was only enough for a tie for second.

Hanson, who began the day in a tie for third, finished well on his way to a 67, the highlight of his round being an eagle two at the par-four 16th.

John Daly finished out on his own in fourth after a 67 left him at nine-under, one shot clear of Sergio Garcia, Soren Hansen, Rocardo Gonzalez and Jean-Baptiste Gonnet. Lee Westwood and Michael Hoey ended the weekend on -6.

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