Injured Paul Lawrie to miss Open return to Carnoustie
“It is with regret that I announce my withdrawal from all Tour events for the remainder of the current season,” Lawrie, 49, 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 Claret Jug in 1907, led by 3 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 playoff with Lawrie and American Justin Leonard, and it was the Scottish player who prevailed on home turf.
The Open begins July 19.