Lawlor birdies last to set up Wentworth showdown with Popert

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Brendan Lawlor was delighted to birdie the last hole to ensure his place in the final group alongside England’s Kipp Popert on the final day of the G4D Tour @ BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Lawlor brushed off a hat-trick of dropped shots from the 14th hole to birdie the par-5 18th on the West Course and sign for a one-over par 73.

That leaves him one shot back of Popert who has two G4D wins to his name already this season and traded six birdies with four bogeys and a double in his rollercoaster even par start.

Lawlor knows he’ll need to be firing on Tuesday if he’s to capture his first win of 2022.

“I’m happy to birdie the last to get into the final group,” said Lawlor who carded two birdies in a one-under par front nine before signing for 73.

“Teeing off on the last, that was my mission after such a bad string of holes. I played very well all day. Tee to green I hit a lot of fairways and greens, a lot of putts just lay on the edge and I’d a few lip-outs as well.

“It could’ve been three or four under on a different day but I’ll take plus-one. It’s a tough course and it’s playing very long, it’s wet out there.

“But I had a mission to get into that final group so I can put pressure on early tomorrow and I’ve managed to do that. Now it’s about trying to get the ‘W’ and hopefully we can do it.”

The world number one is eyeing his first victory of the season having enjoyed three wins last term. With five spots to play for and two events remaining before the G4D Tour Championship in Dubai, Lawlor knows a win this week will guarantee his spot in the curtain closer in the UAE this November.

“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,” Lawlor said prior to this week’s tournament.

“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.”

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