Paul Lawrie withdraws from The Open at Carnoustie due to injury
Last Updated: 25/06/18 1:43pm
Paul Lawrie, who won the 1999 Open at Carnoustie following a dramatic collapse by Jean van de Velde, will miss next month's edition at the same venue because of injury.
The 49-year-old Lawrie will miss next month's Open Championship, which begins on July 19, due to a combination of back and foot injuries.
"It is with regret that I announce my withdrawal from all Tour events for the remainder of the current season," Lawrie said in a statement on Monday.
"Unfortunately, both the back and foot injuries I have been carrying for the last six months, and more, have become debilitating, to the point where I am not currently able to compete at the highest level."
Van de Velde, hoping to become France's second Open champion after Arnaud Massy claimed the coveted Claret Jug in 1907, led by three shots on the final tee of regulation play but then proceeded to triple bogey the last hole.
That meant Van de Velde went into a play-off with Lawrie and American Justin Leonard and it was the Scottish player who prevailed on home turf.