Out-of-form Lawrie may drop out of US Open - Golf - Sport - The Independent

Out-of-form Lawrie may drop out of US Open

Europe's last winner of a major golf title is in crisis a week before the US Open. Paul Lawrie's second-round score of 76 yesterday left him on 149, a distant 14 shots behind England's Miles Tunnicliff in the Diageo Championship.

Europe's last winner of a major golf title is in crisis a week before the US Open. Paul Lawrie's second-round score of 76 yesterday left him on 149, a distant 14 shots behind England's Miles Tunnicliff in the Diageo Championship.

Lawrie left the windswept course saying he had just spent two days of "absolute torture". The 35-year-old Aberdeen player, a sorry 131st in this season's Order of Merit and without a top 30 finish since October, had this to say about the prospect of testing himself on a Shinnecock Hills lay-out where Corey Pavin's winning score nine years ago was level par.

"Some of me thinks 'what's the point?' Playing the way I am playing and going to a course the way it is going to be set up, how many could I shoot out there?

"I don't know. Right now I am entered and I am going, but if I keep playing the way I have been playing then I will have to take some time out and get it right.

"The confidence is totally gone. I'm expecting bad shots and some of them are just terrible - 10-handicapper stuff and sometimes worse than that. You're supposed to enjoy golf, but it's a toil."

Tunnicliff and Nick O'Hern shared the first-day pace with 67s but while the Leamington golfer built on that with a 68, O'Hern, of Australia, could only post a 73. He dropped well off the lead shot-wise but is still in joint-second with Graeme McDowell.

DIAGEO CHAMPIONSHIP (Gleneagles) early leading scores (GB unless stated): 135 M Tunnicliff 67 68; 140 G McDowell 69 71, N O'Hern (Aus) 67 73; 141 D Howell 73 68, H Stenson (Swe) 71 70, P McGinley 68 73; 142 R Russell 75 67, T Price (Aus) 73 69, P Baker 70 72, G Evans 73 69; 143 G Emerson 73 70, M Roe 70 73, R Green (Aus) 69 74; 144 M Blackey 70 74, G Hutcheon 74 70, C Montgomerie 71 73, D Lynn 71 73, G Murphy 70 74, S Kjeldsen (Den) 74 70, P Sjoland (Swe) 69 75; 145 S Gallacher 72 73.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones