Lawrie skipping U.S. Open to bolster Ryder Cup bid


Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, will skip this year’s U.S. Open at The Olympic Club despite being exempt.

'My record in the U.S. Open is not good and I understand that it is a major, but I feel I have more chance of playing well at the BMW International Open the week after,' Lawrie said Wednesday at the Spanish Open.

'I know people are going to be surprised ... but I stand more chance of earning Ryder Cup points at the BMW in Cologne than in the U.S. Open in California.'

As of this week, Lawrie would make the European Ryder Cup team based upon his fifth-place position on the European points list. He is ninth on the world points list, from which another five players will be drawn to fill out the 10 automatic qualifiers for Jose Maria Olazabal's team.

Lawrie has not played in the U.S. Open since 2004. In four appearances from 2001-04, Lawrie only made the cut at Bethpage Black in 2002.

The Scot, 43rd in the Official World Golf Ranking, will earn an exemption this year based upon his world ranking being inside the top 60 as of May 21.