There is double delight for Ireland’s Peter Lawrie heading into this week’s Wales Open.
Not only did the Dubliner qualify for his first U.S. major in winning through to the June 14th Championship but he currently heads an Open Championship ‘mini money list’ following his fourth place finish in Sunday’s concluding BMW PGA Championship.
The Open Championship ‘mini’ money list commenced with the flagship at Wentworth and will conclude with the presentation ceremony on July 1st at the Irish Open at Royal Portrush.
The top two non-exempt players on the money list will win through to the 141st Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St. Annes.
Lawrie’s Euro 225,000 prize cheque for finishing fourth at Wentworth presently sees him Euro 67,500 ahead of South African Richard Sterne who finished sixth at Tour HQ.
Germany’s Marcel Siem, who began last Sunday’s final round with an ace at the par three, second hole, is in third place with Euro 116,100.
Ireland’s David Higgins, who was competing in his first main Tour event this year, is lying equal fourth on the Open Championship ‘mini’ money list with Euro 78,300 and the reward for his share of 10th place in the BMW PGA.
Waterville’s favourite golfing son is tied with England’s James Morrison and Scotland’s David Drysdale.
Higgins superb Wentworth effort earned him a shining silver Quaich for being the lowest ‘regional’ pro in the Tour’s flagship, and with Higgins handed his prize moments before England’s Luke Donald was handed the gleaming BMW PGA trophy for a second straight year.