Paul Lawrie continued his fantastic form since re-signing with Wilson Golf two years ago as he stormed to a four-shot victory in the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, joining the world’s top 50 players for the first time since 2003.
In the final round of an event cut to 54 holes due to strong winds, the 1999 Open champion chipped in twice to fire a flawless 65 – the joint lowest score of the day – to more than preserve his one shot lead and see off strong challenges from young Australian sensation Jason Day and Ryder Cup player Peter Hanson.
Lawrie’s victory, the second Qatar Masters win of his career, marks a successful relationship with the Wilson Staff FG Tour irons since resigning with the famous manufacturer in 2010 – a period that has brought a first title in nine years at the 2011 Open de Andalucia, as well as earnings of more than €1 million in last season’s Race to Dubai.
“I don’t think I can play much better than that,” said Lawrie after he finished with a 15 under par total to claim a seventh European Tour title. “When you’ve got a chance to win a tournament you don’t sleep as well the night before and things go racing through your mind. You’ve got to get back to basics and I did that. I hit some nice shots coming in.
“I’ve been playing well for a long, long time, but it’s just nice to come out one ahead and shoot seven under,” added the Wilson Staff Advisory Member, who helps with the design of new Wilson clubs.
The victory also guarantees the 43-year old a place in the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play in Arizona later this month and the Volvo World Match Play in Spain in May.
Commenting on Lawrie’s impressive showing in Qatar, Wilson Golf’s Business Director for Europe, Doug Wright said: “We’re very pleased to see Paul winning so soon after his excellent year in 2011 and delighted that it captures another victory with the Wilson Staff FG Tour irons. As Paul says, he’s been playing very well for a while now and we hope to see him continue this fine form for the rest of the season.”
The popular Aberdonian first signed with Wilson in 1993 and six years later went on to win the Qatar Masters and then the Open Championship at Carnoustie where he came from six shots back to win a dramatic play-off with magnificent 4-iron approach shots to the last two holes.
In January 2010 he signed a new agreement with Wilson because he liked the performance of the Wilson Staff FG Tour irons so much during a trial period.