Lawrie battling demons in Doha

The blisters on Peter Lawrie’s left hand reveal just how determined one of the nicest guys on the European Tour is to break free of a continuing downturn in form.

Lawrie battling demons in Doha

Lawrie was spotted on the Doha Club practice range around 9am local time yesterday and, after a break for lunch, remained on the range under the guidance of new coach Jamie Clough to 4.15pm and just when Commercial Bank Qatar Masters leaders were on the final hole.

The Dubliner had worn out some six golf gloves, hitting hundreds of balls, after missing the cut with scores of 80 and 76 and lying in second last place and just one shot ahead of a local Qatari amateur.

Lawrie remarked he had noted in Friday’s online Irish Examiner, and in the report post the second round in Doha, that he’s now missed the cut in 13 of his last 15 events since last June’s Irish Open when he finished 10th.

“Bernie, I saw what you wrote in your article and while it was hard to read, it was true,” he said. “The fact is I’ve only been working with Jamie a few weeks and we’ve introduced a lot of new things into my swing, and it’s just a matter of getting comfortable with them as they bed in.”

Lawrie is not unlike so many other struggling players before him, including Major winners Ian Baker-Finch and Michael Campbell, with the biggest concern also for Lawrie taking his good form on the range to the first tee.

And that was no more evident than on Thursday.

“I had hit balls beautifully on the range for about an hour and 45 minutes and walked to the tee thinking if I could hit a nice tee shot down the right-hand side, I would be fine,” said Lawrie.

“I stood up on the tee and hit a snap-hook. I did not hit one of those shots on the range, and now I am struggling to make par up the first.

“We all go through bad patches and it’s a matter of dragging myself out of this slump and taking that good form on the range the 100 yards to the first tee.”

Lawrie will be back on the Doha range today and with the certain guarantee of blisters on his blisters but also fiercely confident he can burst this wretched form.

“It’s going to take more hard work to break out of this run but I’ve always been a hard worker and there’s no one who can question my determination here on the range to climb back to playing well again,” he said.

Meantime, Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello squandered a three-shot lead early in his third round to post a 73 and find himself tied at 12-under with England’s Steve Webster (70) in the Qatar Masters. Michael Hoey and Simon Thornton each shot 74s to continue to lead the Irish contingent, lying at four under par.

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