Lawrie and Higgins make the long haul to Perth

Irish golfers looking to retain full status for 2014 in final regular season event

Ireland’s Peter Lawrie will play at the Perth International as   he tries to retain his full playing rights for next season. Photograph:  Steve Parsons/PA

Ireland’s Peter Lawrie will play at the Perth International as he tries to retain his full playing rights for next season. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA

Tue, Oct 15, 2013, 15:56

Ireland’s Peter Lawrie is fully aware of the task he faces at the ISPS Handa Perth International in Western Australia this week as he tries to retain his full card for next season.

The 39-year-old Dubliner presently lies in 114th position in the Road to Dubai standings, one place above Kerry’s David Higgins, who has also made the journey Down Under in a bid to retain his full playing rights for next season in the final event of the regular season on the European Tour.

“I have flown all the way here because I have one opportunity left to save my season so I need to embrace it and go with it and see what happens,” Lawrie told europeantour.com.

“I have never been in this position before – the last time I would have been feeling like this would have been 2002 when I was trying to get onto the Tour, so it has been a while.”

With €217,107 in earnings this season, Lawrie is currently just over €11,000 off India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar in 110th place.

Bhullar is not playing in Perth, along with five more golfers presently ranked between 100th and 109th place, but Lawrie knows he must improve on recent form to have a chance in an event with a first prize of €245,438.

“My form has been terrible to be honest so there is not a lot to go on. I have missed six out of the last seven cuts.

“I am in this position for one reason, it is my own fault and it is up to me to get myself out of it. I am here to do a job and to save my card.”

The Ulster duo of Michael Hoey and Gareth Maybin, ranked 92nd and 93rd respectively, complete the Irish interest in the tournament.

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