Grateful Lawrie in contention: "You know who your friends are when the ‘you know what’ hits the fan!"
Peter Lawrie is hanging on to his sanity by his fingernails after a nightmare run that's cost him his tour card and more than few grey hairs. But after making just his ninth cut from his last 43 starts thanks to a second round 68 in the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, his first thought was to acknowledge the support he's had from his friends during what's been 18 months of golfing hell.
Hoey starts well as Lowry and Lawrie struggle in Qatar
"Well that was just ........ I'll let you insert the missing word."
That was Shane Lowry's tweet after opening the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters with 76 that began with an eagle three and ended with a birdie.
The rest, especially the homeward nine of 41 blows, was clearly forgettable for the Clara man, who hasn't played four satisfying rounds in the same event since he was third in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews last September. Even then, the final round left him feeling gutted as what could have been a huge win slipped through his fingers.