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Lawrie wins Gleneagles golf, Rumford 2nd
07:56 AEST Mon Aug 27 2012

Scotland's Paul Lawrie has celebrated official confirmation of his return to the European Ryder Cup golf team with a resounding four-shot victory in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

Lawrie, 43, shot a final-round 68 for a 16-under-par total of 272 to record his second Tour victory this year and the eighth of his career on Sunday.

Australia's Brett Rumford secured his best finish in two years - also shooting a 68 - for second place with a 12-under-par tally on the PGA Centenary course at Gleneagles.

Holland's Maarten Lafeber (69), France's Romain Wattel (72) and Sweden's Fredrik Anderssen-Hed (65) shared third place on 11-under.

Lawrie was delivering a further boost to Jose Maria Olazabal's European team as this success came on the back of wins this month by fellow Ryder Cup team members Rory McIlroy in the PGA Championship and Sergio Garcia in the Wyndham Championship.

Lawrie will travel with Olazabal's team later next month to Medinah in Chicago as the oldest member of the European Team.

"It feels pretty good to be Johnnie Walker champion and it's been probably one of the best ball-striking weeks of my career," he said.

"But then I putted pretty poorly and shot four under shows just how well I have been striking the ball and I've also been hitting a bit longer this week and that has helped."

Lawrie's winner's cheque moves him from fourth to be officially confirmed as the third-placed European qualifier for the Ryder Cup.

"Confidence-wise, the last six weeks have not been easy and I have not played as well as I did at the start of the year," said Lawrie.

"But by getting the Ryder Cup situation out of the way, I have played really well and won the tournament and, if you are not going to be the most confident golfer going to the Ryder Cup, you are going to struggle.

"However Rory (McIlroy) winning the PGA Championship is a huge lift for the team and for a European to win the last major is massive.

"So I will be going to my second Ryder Cup playing nicely and hitting it lovely and I'm looking forward to it."

Lawrie is scheduled to contest the next two events, the European Masters and KLM Open as well as hosting the Paul Lawrie Invitational at Deeside, a Scottish Tour event, in the week before the Ryder Cup which will take place from September 28-30.


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