Paul Lawrie Reflects On Record Year With Wilson Staff
By Jake O'Reilly
21 December 2012 11:06
As 2012 draws to a close, Ryder Cup star Paul Lawrie has been reflecting on a record season with his club makers Wilson Staff.
“This has been a very special year for me and my Wilson Staff clubs have been a key ingredient,” said Lawrie. “Starting with three straight top-10 finishes; then a record win on home soil; being part of Europe’s greatest ever comeback in the Ryder Cup in America; and finally ending with a career-best tour ranking and performance stats I’m really proud of.”
The Scot has not only achieved his best-ever ranking playing the FG Tour irons and wedges, but he has also hit more greens in regulation than ever before and secured record prize money in his 26 years as a professional.
The popular Scotsman hit an impressive 72.9% of greens in regulation to clinch two European Tour titles and win almost €2 million on the Race to Dubai – where he finished inside the top-10 for the first time since 2001.
The run saw Lawrie rise to a career-high of 27th in the world in August. He also became the first Scot to win three European Tour titles on home soil with victory at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
He then played a key role in Europe’s dramatic Ryder Cup final-day comeback in Chicago by defeating FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker 5&3.
Another highlight for Lawrie was the opening of the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre near Aberdeen, as well as marking the 50th anniversary of Wilson Staff in Scotland with a visit to the brand’s custom fit and distribution centre at Irvine.
“We’ve really enjoyed watching Paul play his best golf with Wilson Staff this year,” said Doug Wright, Commercial Director for Wilson Golf in Europe. “His return to form over the past three years shows the faith he has in our ability to provide him with the best-performing clubs and we hope to see more great achievements from him in 2013.”
Lawrie begins his 2013 campaign at the Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa and the HSBC Golf Championship in Abu Dhabi, before aiming to become the first man to win the Qatar Masters three times when he defends his title in Doha in late January.