Lawrie cruises to Johnnie Walker title 0
Paul Lawrie of Scotland tees off on the the ninth hole during the second round of the British Open golf championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, northern England July 20, 2012. REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton
Paul Lawrie carded a 4-under 68 in Sunday's final round to win the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles by four shots.
Lawrie finished at 16-under-par 272. It was his second win of the season and eighth of his career on the European Tour.
"It was probably one of the best ball striking weeks in my career. There's no question I'm hitting the ball extremely well this week," Lawrie said.
"The course is obviously very good and the course played quite long, and I've hit the ball a bit longer this week. I've been working on rhythm and when you hit it a bit longer, it helps a bit. It's been a fantastic week."
The victory gives him momentum heading into next month's Ryder Cup.
Nicolas Colsaerts needed a second-place finish or better to join Lawrie on that team, but he closed with a 72 to share 19th at minus-6. He now has to wait and see whether European captain Jose Maria Olazabal will choose him with one of his two captains picks on Monday morning.
Brett Rumford matched Lawrie's 68 to take second place at 12-under-par 276 on the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles.
Fredrik Andersson Hed (65), Maarten Lafeber (69) and Romain Wattel (72) shared third place at minus-11.
Lawrie had a steady start to his round. He birdied the second and parred seven of the first eight holes. He made the turn at 14-under after a birdie on the ninth.
The Scotsman birdied the 11th and 14th, both for the fourth consecutive round. Lawrie hit his second shot left of the green on the 15th and that led to his only bogey.
Lawrie bounced back with a short birdie putt on the par-5 16th. He parred the final two holes to wrap up his third win in his homeland.
"I feel calmer in Scotland for some reason - it's weird - and I play some of my best golf too," Lawrie stated.
Rumford had three birdies and a bogey on the front nine. Around the turn, he birdied the 15th and 18th to grab second place.
Colin Montgomerie, who captained the 2010 European Ryder Cup team to victory, carded a 3-under 69 to share sixth at 10-under 278. He was joined there by Stephen Gallacher (71), Francesco Molinari (67) and Richie Ramsay (68).
NOTES: Lawrie earned 296,119 Euros for the win and became the oldest winner in event history...He is the only Scotsman with three wins on Scottish soil...The tour heads to Switzerland next week for the European Masters, where Thomas Bjorn will defend his title.