Back and foot problems take toll
Injured Lawrie quits Tour for rest of year
1999 Open champion Paul Lawrie is suffering from worrying injuries and won’t compete again this season (pic: SNS Group)
Former Open champion Paul Lawrie will not compete on the European Tour again this season due to ‘debilitating’ injuries.
The 49-year-old has been struggling with back and foot problems for the past six months and will require further medical tests to determine the extent of the issues.
Aberdonian Lawrie won the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 1999 and had been hoping to join the field when the tournament returns to the Angus links next month.
However, he has been forced to reassess things and will now attempt to complete his rehabilitation to allow him to compete in the 2019 season.
Announcing his withdrawal from all Tour competitions, he said: “Unfortunately, both the back and foot injuries I have been carrying for the last six months and more have become debilitating, to the point where I am not currently able to compete at the highest level.
“Rest and further investigation will be required.
“It is particularly disappointing that I’m going to miss both the upcoming Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open & The Open Championship, as a result.
“My hope is that the break will allow me to get the required treatment and to come back next season, when I’ll be eligible for the Seniors circuit, as strong as ever.
“As well as working on my rehabilitation, the time away from the course will allow me to spend additional time working with the juniors in my Foundation programme, which is dear to my heart.”