Lawrie bounces back; Harrington heading for Phoenix (chimp too)
Peter Lawrie in action at Leopard Creek on Thursday. Picture: David Lloyd /

Peter Lawrie in action at Leopard Creek on Thursday. Picture: David Lloyd /

European Tour — Peter Lawrie jumped right back on the horse at Leopard Creek in his first start since losing his European Tour card just three weeks ago.

The Dubliner opened with a four under 68 in the second event of the 2015 Race to Dubai, the Alfred Dunhill Championship, with his sights set on a win that would give him back his card, or a Top 10 finish that would secure a start in the South African Open in January.

Lawrie is tied for eighth, albeit six shots behind an impressive Branden Grace, who fired 10 birdies and hit 18 greens in an immaculate 62 at the Kruger National Park venue to open up a three-shot lead over his South African compatriot Jake Roos.

Damien McGrane and Michael Hoey shot one under 71s to share 53rd with Kevin Phelan, who also lost his card at the Q-School, tied 82nd after a 72.

Pádraig Harrington will begin his 2015 season in Phoenix

Pádraig Harrington will begin his 2015 season in Phoenix

PGA Tour — Padraig Harrington controlled his Inner Chimp to win for the first time in four years in Indonesia on Sunday. He's worked for several months with psychiatrist Professor Steve Peters, who's helped the British Olympic team and snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan improve their performances, and clearly kept his destructive side under control in Jakarta.
The Chimp Model is explained in Peter' book The Chimp Paradox and Harrington will be working on his mental game over his seven-week winter break while he attempts to make 100,000 swings. 
"98,000 now," he said on Monday.
That doesn't mean he'll be hitting 98,000 balls.
"Swings. Well noted," he said this week
He won't be starting his 2015 season in Africa or Abu Dhabi either, as he has done for the past three years.
Instead he's heading for the US for the first time since 2010, having sought and received an invitation to tee it up in the raucous Waste Management Phoenix Open from January 28.
From there he'll head to the West Coast for the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the Northern Trust Open at Riviera before heading to Florida for the Honda Classic.
Having earned just 14 world ranking points for his win in the BANK BRI Indonesia Open to leap 125 spots to 260th in the world, Harrington knows that he can make another huge jump and secure a Masters invitation if he wins a PGA Tour event by April 5.
A win in Phoenix, or any of the other events he's got planned to start 2015, would likely catapult him into the word's Top 90