Former Spanish Open winner Peter Lawrie has reunited with an old friend and mentor for this week's Real Club Valderrama Open de España, Hosted by the Sergio García Foundation — coach Brendan McDaid.
Eight years after his playoff win over Ignacio Garrido at Real Club Golf de Sevilla — the Spaniard has recently given up the game — Lawrie will have McDaid as caddie having reunited with his former coach before Christmas, having ended their 12-year relationship at the start of 2014.
With Lawrie almost repeating the feat the following year at PGA Catalunya when he finished in a share of third place of the Open de España with Thomas Bjorn – both behind Fabrizio Zanotti and winner Thomas Levet.
According to BrendanMcDaidGolf.com, "that win also consolidated a partnership with swing coach Brendan McDaid which saw the former UCD Sports Scholarship qualify for the 2012 US Open at The Olympic Club in San Francisco."
Doing so through a crowded and competitive qualifier at Walton Health to earn the right. Although a frequent visitor to Andalucía Lawrie returns to Valderrama for the first time since the Andalucía Masters in 2011 where he finished in 15th place
For this year’s Open de España Lawrie will join forces with McDaid once again with the role of caddie added to the weekend’s chores for the experienced golf coach. Both men keen to rediscover some tournament form in the south of Spain, following a number of months working together off the course.
“Most of our work has been focussed on impact improvement” explained McDaid, “and getting Peter to compress the ball more at point of impact.”
“Being on the bag will allow me see the progress through the rounds and help keep building on the good work done through the winter,” concluded McDaid
Having lost his full playing privileges on the European Tour, Lawrie will be relying on invitations this year having missed the cut 17 times last season, including the NH Collection Open de España at La Reserva.
Lawrie will be joined at the San Roque course by Greystones' Paul Dunne. Tee times