Lawrie blows winning chance
Scotland's Paul Lawrie started the day confident and hopeful. He finished the day frustrated and exhausted.
The 1999 British Open champion was hoping to end a 17-month title drought which began after his astonishing triumph at St Andrews. But the 31-year-old Scot, who was the joint overnight leader with Australian Kim Felton, saw his one-shot advantage quickly slip away in brilliant sunshine as he carded a closing three-over-par 74.
Lawrie offered no excuses for his performance that pushed him down to joint eighth spot on 12-under for the tournament with Taiwan's Yeh Chang-ting, Sweden's Stephen Lindskog and South African James Kingston.
'I didn't play very well and putted awfully again,' said Lawrie, who has had a season plagued by injuries. 'I had a chance [of winning] and I missed it. You can't expect to play well if you're putting poorly. I had played solid all week. There's no more you can do. I tried my best.'
Lawrie started the day with a bogey and ended it with a bogey - his seventh for the day. 'It was tough because I gave myself a chance to win and I was playing well. I thought there was no reason for me not get a 64 or a 65 to win it. My thinking was right but it's just that I couldn't do it.'
Lawrie said his wrist, which had troubled him at the start of his defence at this year's British Open, didn't trouble him at all. 'No, it was fine. Everything was all right. I just didn't play well,' said Lawrie, who has suffered back, groin, neck and ankle injuries in a difficult season.