Lawrie ends long trophy drought in Andalucia

Updated: Mar 28, 2011, 08:57 AM IST

Malaga: Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie ended a nine-year winless run on the European Tour with a one-shot victory in the Andalucia Open on Sunday.

A level par final round 70 enabled the 42-year-old Scotsman to finish the day as he had started it, at 12 under par and one shot ahead of his rivals.

Lawrie, who won the 1999 British Open at Carnoustie, punched the air in delight after sinking a six-inch putt to clinch victory.

"Nine years seems a hell of a long time ago," Lawrie told reporters. "I have had a few second places during that time and won the Scottish PGA title at Gleaneagles in 2005, but to win again is very nice."

Swede Johan Edfors shot a closing 68 to finish in second place with Chile`s Felipe Aguilar a stroke further back in third after a 68.

Lawrie`s victory was far but straightforward as he opened his fourth round with two bogeys which left him trailing England`s Mark Foster.

Foster fell away with a run of three straight bogeys but Lawrie found himself under pressure from Edfors who rapped in five birdie putts in eight holes from the seventh.

Lawrie regained the lead as he holed from 15 feet on the 10th green and 20 feet at the next hole and was not overtaken again as he claimed his first tour title since the 2002 Wales Open.

"I stayed very patient," he said. "The wind was swirling around which made difficult but I just kept going and those birdies came at the right time."

Edfors could have forced a playoff but failed to hole a birdie putt from the fringe at the back of the final green.

England`s Ken Ferrie, who on Saturday became only the 15th player to shoot a 60 on the European Tour, finished tied 11th after a closing 75.

Bureau Report