World number one Brendan Lawlor is eyeing his first victory of the season when the G4D Tour @ BMW PGA Championship tees off at Wentworth on Monday.
With five spots to play for and two events remaining before the G4D Tour Championship in Dubai this November, Lawlor is eager to guarantee his spot in the field with a win; something that has remained elusive this season for the Modest! Golf star despite some encouraging performances.
“There’s a chance I’ll get there anyway but I don’t want to be relying on a wildcard, I want to be there because I won,” said Lawlor who enjoyed three victories on tour in 2021.
“My game’s in good shape and I have lots of motivation to go out and try and dominate again.
“Last year I dominated the sport for three events and I wanted to go out and do that again this year but it didn’t really happen.
“But thankfully there’s still three events left in the year and if I can go out and win two out of three and keep my number one ranking for the full year, I think that would be a good season.”
Lawlor has next week’s 36-hole contest on the West Course at Wentworth to look forward to before the penultimate event on the calendar in Valderrama in October.
The Carton House member captured his second runner-up finish of the season last time out at the ISPS Handa World Invitational and although he ended the week five back of a relentless winner in Tommaso Perrino, Lawlor saw enough in his own display to know he’s on the right track.
“At the World Invitational I found a bit of the form that I showed last year,” said Lawlor who finished the week one-under par.
“Getting it under-par and going deeper was encouraging. It’s been a strange year. I’ve been playing good golf all year but just something’s been missing and I didn’t know what it was.
“Tommaso obviously shot the lights out at Galgorm to finish six-under. I’d got to four-under and dropped a few on the way in because I was chasing but whatever was missing before that week, I came away thinking I’d rekindled a bit of form so I’m looking forward to building on that at Wentworth.”
The BMW PGA Championship boasts a typically strong field next week and Lawlor is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with the stars of global golf once more, albeit early in the week.
“Next week will be a great buzz,” Lawlor added. “We’ve grown relationships with some of the guys at this stage which is great.
“Seeing McIlroy and Lowry again is going to be really nice. They’re very supportive of what we’re doing and they respect us as golfers – not disability golfers – but golfers, so that means a lot.
“Hopefully we can put on a show.”
And although Lawlor’s future plans remain firmly fixed on aspirations inside the ropes, his off-course exploits behind the microphone working for Sky Sports at the JP McManus Pro-Am didn’t go unnoticed with the Dundalk man confirming that he’ll be featuring on our television screens again next season.
“I’ll be doing a bit more work with Sky next year which is really exciting,” said Lawlor.
“I got a lot of good feedback after doing a bit of commentary at the JP Pro-am. There’s obviously still a lot to learn and there’s a lot more I can do with it but it’s great exposure for Disability Golf and something I love doing so happy days.”
Fans will be able to watch the conclusion of G4D Tour @ BMW PGA Championship, with tickets for Tuesday September 6 still available. Following the tournament, spectators will be able to watch the stars of the DP World Tour make their preparations for the fourth Rolex Series event of the 2022 season.
Confirmed field for G4D Tour @ BMW PGA Championship
|Name||Country||WR4GD (Gross Ranking Week 34)|
|Brendan Lawlor||Republic of Ireland||#1|
|Chris Biggins||United States||#4|
|David Watts||South Africa||#10|