Olazabal talks up Lawrie Ryder Cup role
May 31, 2012 08:26:12 UK
European captain Jose Maria Olazabal has admitted that he expects former Open champion Paul Lawrie to be a part of his Ryder Cup plans in September.
Lawrie's performances have been a revelation this season as he has produced the sort of form that helped him to win the Open Championship in front of home fans at Carnoustie in 1999.
If he plays just decent golf from now on, I think he is pretty much in the team.Jose Maria Olazabal
The Scot has recorded six top-ten finishes so far this year including winning February's Qatar Masters, coming third in the World Match Play Championship a fortnight ago and finishing joint-second at Wentworth last week to world number one Luke Donald.
Lawrie has admitted that qualifying for the 2012 Ryder Cup would be the biggest achievement of his professional career and Olazabal expects him to be at Medinah for the match on 28th-30th September. Europe are 1/1 to retain their title, with USA at 1/1. A tie can be backed at 11/1.
He told Associated Press: "I think Paul's pretty much in after what he did last week.
"If he plays just decent golf from now on, I think he is pretty much in the team. He proved last week that he must have played really well to shoot 6-under par (66) in the last round and finish second on that golf course, which is a huge challenge."
Olazabal and Lawrie are among the field taking part in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor - venue of the 2010 Ryder Cup - over the next four weeks.
Defending his title in Wales will be Sweden's Alexander Noren, who is hoping lightning strikes twice after winning last year just days after qualifying for the US Open.
Noren said: "It was pretty much exactly the same as it happened last year. I was so pleased to get into the U.S Open (last year), so I relaxed because I was on a high. Winning here was fantastic and everything went on from there. It's just nice to be back with all the memories."
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