Brendan Lawlor is hoping he can find his ‘A’ game when he needs it most as he chases a first win of the season at the G4D Tour Finale in Dubai this week.
Lawlor, currently ranked second in the G4D world rankings has racked up three runner-up and two third place finishes although victory has proved elusive, but the Dundalk native is taking the positives that he can still threaten to win despite not having his best stuff all year.
“The only way I can put this year is it’s been a good year for the golf I played,” said Lawlor.
“It’s nice to know I didn’t have my best stuff this year but I’m still one of the best players. I know if I can hole a few more putts and I have had my C game this year, if I can bring my B or A game this week I know it’s good enough to win. I just need to find it this week.
“It’s not been the worst year, just I haven’t won. It could be a lot worse but hopefully I can do something.
“Kipp’s had an unbelievable year [4 wins]. The target is on his back, so we need to go out and beat him.”
The G4D events are usually played on the Monday or Tuesday of a DP World Tour event but this time the Finale will share the spotlight with the DP World tour Championship on Friday and Saturday which Lawlor feels will light the fire in his belly to compete.
“It was very hard to get motivated this year by playing on a Monday or Tuesday, there was no real hype around our event and nobody really saw what we were doing and I’m a fiery player who gets going from the crowd and when you’re in the heat of the moment.
“This week I’ve a more competitive feelings than I have done all year which is good.
“It’s a great week. You’re surrounded by some of the best players in the world, on the range with the guys. I’ve some nice feelings from last year. It’s nice to play a course in such great condition and test yourself against the best players in the world.”
If the Carton House golfer is to notch his first win of the season and defend his title on the Earth Course then there is perhaps no better preparation than walking the fairways with Shane Lowry and Rory McIlroy.
“On Monday I came into the players lounge and Shane was there eating with Neil [Manchip] and his caddy and he asked was I playing. He said he was out at half nine with Rory if I wanted to join them for nine holes.
“You can’t turn that down, dead right I will! That was an incredible experience. The two boys were in a league of their own, their ball striking is unbelievable. Rory hits it an absolute mile, it’s incredible.
“Just normal people having a chat, I loved how civilised it all was, it was really good.”
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