Paul Lawrie admits he may have to miss a European Tour event to watch Aberdeen in the cup final
Paul Lawrie admits his preparations for this year's Ryder Cup may have to take a back seat next month.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 2:20pm
The Scot, who played a leading role in the trophy returning to Europe from Medinah in 2012, is desperate to be part of the team for this year's renewal at Gleneagles in September.
However, Aberdeen's participation in the Scottish League Cup final on March 16 - the weekend he is due to play in the Trophee Hassan at Agadir, Morocco - is giving the 1999 Open champion a major headache.
Lawrie, a season-ticket holder at Pittodrie, is keen to be part of Paul McGinley's side this autumn but admits the lure of his club's first national final in 14 years, against Inverness Caledonian Thistle, is proving too strong to resist.
"I am not sure what I am going to do about Morocco, it is a tough one to work out," he told Sky Sports News.
"I know golf is my job and I also want to collect Ryder Cup points but there happens to be a certain cup final that weekend, something we have not been to for a wee while.
"I have five weeks off now so if I don't play Morocco I'll be at home for eight weeks or so and I might get a bit of grief if I don't go there. But I want to go to the cup final... so we'll see."
And Lawrie is convinced the arrival of Derek McInnes last year has been a huge contributing factor to his club's success this season.
Aberdeen currently lie second in the table behind Celtic and will be keen to dethrone the Scottish Cup holders when they meet in front of Sky Sports' cameras at Celtic Park this Saturday.
"We have been really good this season and I think mentally the players are much, much stronger," he said.
"We are winning games we were drawing last year and are now drawing games we were losing. This has certainly brought the feelgood factor back to the city."
Check out if Aberdeen can end Celtic's reign as Scottish Cup holders live on Sky Sports 2 from 12.30pm this Saturday