Peter Lawrie … The Blisters Reveal His Determination.

The blisters on Peter Lawrie’s left hand reveal just how determined one of the nicest guys on the Tour is to burst free of a continuing downturn in form.

Lawrie was spotted on the Doha Club practice range around 9am local time Friday, and after a break for lunch, he remained on the range under the guidance of new coach South African born Jamie Gough to 4.15pm and just when Commercial Bank Qatar Masters leaders were on the final hole.

The Dubliner had worn out some six golf gloves hitting hundreds of golf balls after missing the cut with scores of 80 and 76 and lying  in second last place and just one shot ahead of a local Qatari amateur.

He removed his last glove to show big blisters at the base of three fingers on his left hand.

Peter Lawrie and his new coach, Jamie Gough on the range during Friday's Round 3 of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2014 held at Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar. 24th January 2014. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ie

Peter Lawrie and his new coach, Jamie Gough on the range during Friday’s Round 3 of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters 2014 held at Doha Golf Club, Doha, Qatar. 24th January 2014.
Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ie

While the blisters he showed me were after taking off one of his glove that he, of course, wears on his left hand.

Lawrie remarked he had noted in Friday’s on-line edition of the Irish Examiner, and in the report post the second round in Doha, that he’s now missed the cut in 13 of his last 15 evens since last June’s Irish Open when he finished T10th.

“Bernie, I saw what you wrote in your article and while it was hard to read, it was true,” he said.

“The fact is I’ve only been working with Jamie a few weeks and we’re introduced a lot of new things into my swing, and it’s just a matter of getting comfortable with them as they bed in.”

Lawrie is not unlike so many other struggling players before him, including Major winners Ian Baker-Finch and Michael Campbell, with the biggest fear as well for Lawrie and that is taking his good form on the range to the nearby first tee.

New coach Jamie Clough watches over Peter Lawrie on the Doha Club practice range.  (Photo - Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)

New coach Jamie Gough watches over Peter Lawrie on the Doha Club practice range. (Photo – Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ie)

And that was no more evident on Thursday.

“I had hit balls beautifully on the range for about an hour and 45 minutes and walked to the tee thinking if I could hit a nice tee shot down the right-hand side I would be fine,” said Lawrie.

“I stood up on the tee and hit a snap-hook.  I did not hit one of those shots on the range, and now I am struggling to make par up the first.

“We all go through bad patches and it’s a matter of dragging myself out of this slump and taking that good form on the range the 100 yards to the first tee.”

Lawrie will be back on the Doha range today (SAT) and with the certain guarantee of blisters on his blisters but also fiercely confident he can burst this wretched run of form.

“It’s going to take more hard work to break out of this run but I’ve always been a hard worker and there’s no one who can question my determination here on the range to climb back to playing well again,” he said.

“There is nothing better being a professional golfer than to play all four rounds because when you play all four rounds it just gives you that momentum.

“But when you’re fighting against yourself you never get the chance to score when playing just two rounds.”



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