Lawrie enjoys 'satisfying' win
Paul Lawrie has revealed just how bad it was for Europe's player to compete in front of the Chicago crowd at last week's Ryder Cup.
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"I didn't get abused, but you get 'top it, shank it, you're a loser', stuff like that, every shot you play," said Lawrie on the eve of his Dunhill Links Championship first round at Carnoustie.
"Every single shot you hit last week, that's what you get just before you go and hit it.
"That was the same the last time I played (in Boston in 1999) and I think a few of the players had a bit more than that.
"We spoke about it a lot of the team meetings at the start of the week.
"Jose (captain Jose Maria Olazabal) was very clear - 'don't even look at them, don't take them on. Don't make on as though it's hurting us. Just hit your shot and walk on'.
"It's pretty tough when someone is screaming and blowing in your ear that you're a loser, but there's not much you can do.
"It makes it all the more satisfying on Sunday night when you're standing there with the Ryder Cup in front of you and they are not. I think it helps us, to be fair.
"I think they (the American team) said it's the same when they come here. Apparently that's how it is, but I can't see that."
Lawrie showed it did not affect him by being a brilliant six under par when he beat FedEx Cup winner Brandt Snedeker 5&3 as Europe staged their spectacular fightback.
That came after he had been omitted from both sessions of foursomes and had lost in the fourballs first with Swede Peter Hanson and then with Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts.
"I played every match in '99 and got into it very quickly. It's a wee bit harder when you're left out the first morning," he said.
"The pressure was probably a little bit more this time. Sunday morning was pretty intense to be fair.
"But during the team meeting on Saturday night when we had the pairings in front of us Jose was going through them one by one and said he felt we could all play well enough to win.
"He firmly believed we could all win, never mind eight or 8 1/2 points. He was absolutely brilliant the whole week.
"He was very hands-off when you were playing. He didn't get involved in things unless you kind of asked him, but at every meeting he was very positive.
"A couple were pretty emotional when he was telling things that had happened and what the Ryder Cup meant to him. At one of them, I think it was Friday, pretty much every player was crying.
"Man, you could just see it oozes out of him. He's very emotional. It was nice for him to be a winning captain. I think that's what we were all trying to do - make sure he wasn't a losing captain.
"I answered 100-odd texts and then there was another 100. I didn't know that many people had my phone number!
"And since I arrived here I can hardly get a ball hit for people coming up kind of slapping you on the back. It's been lovely."
Lawrie faces a different challenge this week. The Dunhill event has a pro-am format and he is competing alongside his 17-year-old son Craig, a scratch handicapper who has competed in the Scottish boys championship and who caddied for his father at the Scottish Open in July.