Peter Lawrie left sweating on 2016 European card

Peter Lawrie is facing five weeks of uncertainty as his goal of wrapping-up his card for next season fell short at the Italian Open in Monza.

Lawrie needed a top-five finish to move from his current 121st Race to Dubai standing and inside the top-110 but he had to settle for a share of 14th in posting a final round 68 for a 15-under par tally.

Lawrie’s goal of securing an entry into this week’s European Open at Bad Griesbach, fell four shots shy of qualifying in the top-10.

“It’s been a good scoring week with three rounds in the 60s and a 70 but I’ve just come up a few places short of getting myself into the European Open,” he said.

“I’ve now got zero events left this year and I will need to rely on a few more invitations.

“One of those hopefully will be next fortnight’s Dunhill Links as I led home the amateur champion last year. So I am hoping organisers will remember that.” Pádraig Harrington collected his second lot of Ryder Cup points in as many weeks posting a last round 67 to share 33rd on 12-under par.

“I was happy with my week and showed some nice form particularly with the putter so that was pleasing,” Harrington said.

“So my putting was much better than it’s been for some time and outside of that I just didn’t get my short-irons close enough. I will concentrate on that aspect of my game ahead of my next event, the Dunhill Links.”

And Paul McGinley’s next event will also be in Scotland but without long-time event partner and Hollywood star Kyle MacLaughlin.

“Kyle phoned me to say he couldn’t make the Dunhill as he’s filming a remake of Twin Peaks as it’s the same week,” said McGinley who rounded off his penultimate event of the year with a score of 73 for a one over tally.

And Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke was a final round no show, citing a wrist injury ahead of travelling to the States on Friday for the 2016 Ryder Cup ‘Year to Go’ celebrations at Hazeltine.

Germany’s Martin Kaymer (67) let slip a first victory this year losing a second hole play-off to Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg (70) after both players ended play tied at 19-under par.

Meanwhile, the United States turned their fury at a controversial incident into a brilliant fightback to win the Solheim Cup and avoid an unprecedented third straight defeat.

Europe took a 10-6 lead into the final session at St Leon-Rot in Germany, but could only claim three and a half points from the 12 singles to see the trophy slip from their grasp.

Victories from Karine Icher, Mel Reid and Anna Nordqvist left Carin Koch’s team needing just half a point from the remaining five matches, but none of those even made it to the 18th.

After Charley Hull lost her 100% record to an inspired Cristie Kerr and Caroline Hedwall was beaten by Michelle Wie, Angela Stanford amazingly ended a run of nine straight defeats with a 2&1 win over Suzann Pettersen, who had earlier been at the heart of the controversy which left two players in tears.

And when Sandra Gal missed a birdie putt on the 15th to keep her match with Paula Creamer alive, US captain Juli Inkster could celebrate a stunning success.

“I didn’t have to say anything to them after this morning, they were all fired up and ready to go out and play,” Inkste said.

“Last night I put my line-up together and it fell in perfectly the way I wanted it and the girls just played awesome today.

“They never gave up. Everybody did their job and I couldn’t be prouder of those girls.”


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