I t was billed as England's 'Duel in the Sun' between Luke Donald and Justin Rose but Paul Lawrie did his very best to throw a Saltire into the works as the BMW PGA Championship drew to a conclusion at Wentworth last night.
While Donald eventually ambled to victory, and completed a successful defence of the European Tour's flagship event, Lawrie's remarkable renaissance continued as he compiled a best-of-the-day six-under 66 to charge into a share of second with Rose (70) on an 11-under 277. The Aberdonian's final-day thrust left him four shots adrift of the triumphant Donald but the manner of his performance, burnished by craft and a steely competitive instinct, illustrated once again all of Lawrie's abundant qualities. Now up to second on the European Ryder Cup points list, this was another huge step towards Medinah and a return to the transatlantic tussle for the first time in 13 years.
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