Paul Lawrie ‘lost will to live’ in pro-am

Paul Lawrie: 'Mind-numbingly slow' pro-am. Picture: Ian Rutherford
Paul Lawrie: 'Mind-numbingly slow' pro-am. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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PAUL Lawrie claimed he “lost the will to live” during a mind-numbingly slow pro-am round on the eve of the Nordea Masters in Sweden.

“It took 5 hours 35mins which is as ever a complete joke. . . too many teams (26) and a pretty strong cold breeze didnt help,” wrote the 1999 Open champion on his website blog.

One of the strongest slow-play critics on the European Tour, Lawrie added: “I struggled a wee bit today but lost the will to live out there as play was sooooooo slow.”

Lawrie is among 12 Scots in the line-up at PGA Sweden National in Malmo, where the star attraction is new world No 2 Henrik Stenson.

He is playing in his home event for the first time since 2011 following a period of spectacular success that included winning the Race to Dubai on the European Tour and the FedEx Cup on the US PGA Tour.

“I’ve not played in this tournament for a few years so it is good fun,” said Stenson. “It would be great to win this week. I came very close in 2005 when I lost in a play-off. We’ll try.”

Elsewhere, Dunbar’s Neil Fenwick will be aiming to build on his third place at Longhirst Hall last week when the PGA EuroPro Tour moves on to Burhill in Surrey today for the latest 54-hole event on the third-tier circuit.