It is first day of 2014 and it’s also Paul Lawrie’s 45th birthday but it was story in the final days of 2013 appearing on CBS Sports.com that caught the attention of www.golfbytourmiss.com
An unknown CBS Sports.com writer named Evan Hilbert listed a ‘Top-10 Worst Major Winners’.
Those listed included Steve Jones (1996 US Open winner), Ian Baker-Finch (1991 Open Championship), Wayne Grady (1990 PGA Championship), Larry Mize (1987 Masters), Todd Hamilton (2004 Open Championship), Michael Campbell (2005 US Open), Rich Beem (2002 PGA Championship), Paul Lawrie (1999 Open Championship), Orville Moody (1969 US Open), Shaun Micheel (2003 PGA Championship).
Hilbert listed Lawrie third but he and his fellow Major Champions deserve more respect than the trash served up by this unknown CBS Sports.com hack who has no doubt never ever been present at a Major.
Hilbert wrote: “Lawrie was the recipient of the Claret Jug in ’99 largely thanks to a human self-destructing on live television in front of millions of peoiple around the world. Lawrie’s third-round 76 left him 10 strokes back of Jean van de Velde, who eventually choked away the championship on the 18th hole at Carnoustie.
“He has never won in America, and hasn’t been all that successful elsewhere. His best finish in a major since his win came in 2012, when he tied for 24th at the Masters.”
Conveniently, Hilbert over-looked Lawrie’s two appearances in victorious European Ryder Cup teams along with five other victories on the European Tour since his Open Championship success.
And the fact Lawrie never won in America – who damn well cares! There is a golf world and tournament golf outside of America.
Good friend and Daily Record colleague Euan McLean picked up on the story and pointed out in an appropriate response to the nonsense appearing on CBS Sports.com such a list is ‘disrespectful’.
“In fact, it’s disrespectful to all 10 players, and in Lawrie’s case Hilbert ‘conveniently forget the small matter of a four-hole play-off with Van de Velde and Justin Leonard when Lawrie closed out victory by pinging a majestic four iron 221 yards to rest four feet from the hole”, Euan reported.
Euan goes on to point out that since 2001, Lawrie and his wife Marian have invested a lot of their own money to grow his Foundation for junior golf development in the north east of Scotland.
Thanks to them, more than 10,000 kids have been encouraged to pick up a club so if CBS draw up a list of 10 pros who have worked hardest to give something back to the game, I’d expect Paul Lawrie to feature higher than third.
Lawrie went onto to Tweeter to slam Hilbert.
And the following:-
I stopped worrying about guys like you a long time ago but hope you can get some money for the article.
As well as:-
PS – Happy birthday, Paul.