Paul Lawrie became a member of the European Tour in 1992 and has since won on 8 occasions on the European Tour, with his most famous victory being The Open Championship at Carnoustie in 1999. A two-time Ryder Cup player, Paul has been involved in two of the most memorable Ryder Cup contests to date; as a Rookie in 1999 at Brookline, where he hit the opening tee shot, and thirteen years later in 2012, he was an integral member of the European Team responsible for the “Miracle of Medinah”. He was named as a Vice-Captain of the European Ryder Cup Team 2016 team by Captain Darren Clarke for the matches to be played in Hazeltine. Paul was awarded an OBE for Services to Golf in the 2013 Honours List.
I was a professional golfer for a great part of my life and I always looked up to Paul Lawrie. He did more for the game in Scotland that any golfer I know, he’s won a major and played huge parts in the Ryder Cup that had every golfer in the world on their feet. I always remember the first time I seen Paul wear one of my belts... I was 17 years old, sitting in my parents’ house with my family, eating a take out, as it was The Masters’ week.
If you are a golfer, you will understand that watching The Masters, the first major of the year; is like watching a double episode of Coronation Street, it’s something that undoubtedly cannot be missed. Your ‘golfing’ family all head to one designated house, where we all sit back together and watch the world’s best golfers’ play for the green jacket.
At 17 years old, I sat back to watch The Masters with my family, like every other year. But that year, Paul Lawrie was lying 3rd after the first round and was getting interviewed by Kirsty Gallacher after his round with Sky Sports. For Paul's first round of golf at The Masters he wore a jumper, but for his interview he took his jumper off and known be hold Paul Lawrie, my golfing hero, since I picked up my first golf club, was wearing a CM belt in the biggest golf tournament in the world, televised in every country on the globe.
My ‘golfing’ family and I ran jumping around the house, my phone couldn’t couldn’t stop ringing with everyone checking if I’d seen the belt.
The excitement was like I had won The Masters myself!!
I remember the feeling like it was yesterday; thinking how did he get one? Why is he wearing it? I’ll be honest... the only way to truthfully describe what I felt that moment... I felt like a young girl that had just met One Direction.
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