Winner of the 36-hole Final Qualifying event at Prince’s – just across the way from Royal St George’s – on June 29.
The 30-year-old player known as “Digger” followed up a two-under-par 70 that mixed six birdies and four bogeys with a second-round 71 to finish on 141, one better than English pair Sam Forgan and Connor Worsdall.
Lawson played all sports up until 17 before deciding to pursue a career in golf and he turned professional in 2015 after completing a traineeship at the links-style Curlewis Golf Club an hour’s drive from Melbourne.
He was the runner-up in the 2017 Northern Territory PGA Championship and earlier the same season only one stroke outside a play-off in finishing fourth at the New Zealand Open.
He has since had three more second places on his home tour and, after securing a European Tour card at the 2018 Qualifying School, Lawson quickly made his mark with a hole-in-one at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa – it won him a BMW 8 Series car – and then soon afterwards another during the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.
Gaining a place in his first major was a welcome boost to his confidence after nine successive missed cuts.