Lawrie turns back the clock

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Paul Lawrie is back in the world top 50 for the first time since 2003, after he won his second Qatar Masters title yesterday. The 43-year-old Scot (above) chipped in twice in a brilliant closing 65 to beat the Australian Jason Day and Swede Peter Hanson by four.

The victory gives the 1999 Open champion (who also won in Qatar that year) a place in the 64-man Accenture World Match Play in Arizona this month and the 24-man Volvo World Match Play in Spain in May. If he stays in the top 50 for seven weeks he will return to the Masters at Augusta in April after eight years.

"I don't think I can play much better than that," said Lawrie, after finishing 15 under par.