Paul Lawrie returns to Carnoustie to relive Open win
TheOpen.com brought Paul Lawrie back to the site of his most famous victory. 221 yards from the pin at the very spot where Lawrie struck that famous 4-iron, we spoke to the 1999 Champion Golfer of the Year about his memories of that epic day.
• Lawrie won The Claret Jug at The 128th Open beating Jean van de Velde and Justin Leonard in a play-off
• The Scot started the final day 10 shots back but claimed victory with a brilliant 67
• The 147th Open will be held at Carnoustie in 2018 and tickets are now on general sale
His story has gone down in golfing folklore. Having overcome Final Qualifying to take his place in the starting field in The 128th Open, Lawrie shot this way into a play-off, after carding a 67 in the final round. He watched anxiously as van de Velde triple-bogeyed the 72nd hole to set-up a three-way, four-hole play-off from which Lawrie emerged victorious.
After birdieing the 17th hole for the second time on that final day, The Scot stepped up on the 18th to hit the shot of his life, finishing just five feet from the hole.
We gave Paul the chance to recreate that final putt, using the very putter he had used in 1999, which we borrowed from the British Golf Museum for the day.
The 147th Open
Carnoustie is revered as The Ultimate Test of Championship golf and Lawrie retraced the steps to his Ultimate Reward – being crowned Champion Golfer of the Year – in anticipation of The Open’s return to Angus and the coast of the North Sea next year.
TheOpen.com spoke with Paul at the very sport from where he hit the most important shot of his life
Paul Lawrie said, “To be crowned the Champion Golfer of the Year is an honour and privilege that lasts a lifetime. It was a magical feeling to return to Carnoustie and go back to that exact spot where I hit that 4-iron. I was delighted to see the greenkeeper had not only marked it out for me but put the pin in the exact same position as it was in 1999.
“It was a victory that literally changed my life. I was a very good player before The Open, but all of a sudden, I was The Open Champion – a big difference. People forget I had to qualify to get in.
“Carnoustie has always been a course close to my heart as a native of nearby Aberdeen and it is a special place to return to as a former Champion. It really is the ultimate test for any professional golfer and the world’s best are in for a real challenge next year. I look forward to taking on that test again.”Tickets for The 147th Open at Carnoustie go on general sale at early season prices from 9am on Wednesday 20th September 2017. Visit TheOpen.com/Tickets for full details.