Lawrie wins at Gleneagles as final Ryder Cup qualifiers are decided
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Lawrie wins at Gleneagles as final Ryder Cup qualifiers are decided

Paul Lawrie took any drama out of the final day to earn one of 10 automatic berths on the European Ryder Cup team.

The Scot won the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, the site of the 2014 Ryder Cup, for his eighth career European Tour win, third in his home country and second this season.

Lawrie won by four shots over Brett Rumford, finishing at a 16-under total. The win did nothing to change the European 10, with Lawrie's win preventing Nicolas Colsaerts from making the team.

The 1999 Open champion became the oldest winner in the 14-year history of the event.

The 43-year-old, who turns 44 on New Year's Day, may have also made an understated case to become the captain of the 2014 team at Gleneagles.

There is not one Scot among the realistic contenders to take the reins from Jose Maria Olazabal, with Irishman Paul McGinley, Ulsterman Darren Clarke and Dane Thomas Bjorn as the three frontrunners. 2010 captain Colin Montgomerie has thrown his name into the ring for a second captaincy, but Lawrie would provide a fresh option from the host country.


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