Lawrie blames kicking "Coke" addiction for slump: "I was drinking litres of the stuff"

Lawrie blames kicking "Coke" addiction for slump: "I was drinking litres of the stuff"
 Peter Lawrie at Newstalk 

Peter Lawrie at Newstalk 

Slumps happen for many reasons but whatever about equipment changes or driving problems, Peter Lawrie reckons the genesis of his 18 month slump was his decision to kick his ferocious  Coca Cola habit.

In a teaser for an interview with Off the Ball's Nathan Murphy and Adrian Barry, scheduled for broadcast on Newstalk this Sunday, the 40-year old Dubliner tells his new sponsors that he lost his confidence once he cut out the Cokes, three weeks after the 2013 Irish Open. 

"I never recovered from it, I really didn't," said Lawrie, who hardy made a cut after that and eventually lost his card at the end of last year.

"I lost all confidence. I lost all confidence in myself. I wouldn't say I went for a breakdown but I got exceptionally emotional at the end of that year and some of last year as well. 

"It was just very difficult to deal with all the situations that we coming at me. I don't know if it was having an effect on my mental state and I am back drinking two or three cans a day — but I was drinking litres of the stuff. Litres. In the hottest country on the course, Malaysia or whatever, I'd have Coke on the course. That's what I see was the start of it."

It sounds as though Peter has been talking to Pádraig Harrington, another Coke fan, whose theories on Coke, Coca Coca Light, Coke Zero and the sugar content of each almost deserves a programme of its own.

Lawrie also delves into the Q-School and, as you might have guessed, describes it as a "nightmare." 

Sounds like a show worth a listen on Sunday, even more so now that Lawrie is showing signs that he's on the way back.