Lawrie considering Ryder Cup captaincy
In an interview National Club Golfer did with Paul Lawrie last year the Aberdonian said he was a ‘back of the room kind of guy’. He doesn’t enjoy the limelight and the attention so it made sense that he was ‘100 per cent no’ to the prospect of being the Ryder Cup captain.
Thomas Bjorn is the favourite to take over the reins in Paris but there is plenty of support for the 1999 Open champ and he is considering his next move.
And it might all be down to Chubby Chandler, manager to this year’s skipper Darren Clarke. Lawrie played with Chandlder in the pro-am in Turkey last year and their conversation might prove pivotal in the near future.
“We had played only two or three holes and he hung back on one tee and he said, ‘are you going to go for it?’,” Lawrie told The Scotsman. “I said ‘no’ and he said, ‘why is that?’ I said, ‘I’ve been a vice-captain only once. They are not going to give it to someone who only been a vice-captain once’.
“But he said, ‘nonsense’. I said to him that I’d read the other day that you needed the respect of all the players to be the captain. And he said, ‘you’ve got that in abundance’. So he was almost sort of saying that I should go for it.
“Chubby then made a really good point when he said that you’ve only to get three votes. It’s not as though you’ve got to convince 50 or 60 people. You’ve got to convince only the three previous captains that you’re capable of being the captain. All the bits you need to be good at, speaking, you can practise that. I’m just not 100 per cent sure that I’ve got the total respect of the top players, but maybe that’s just the way I see it.”
Lawrie, now 47, remains hopeful of still playing in the competition in two years despite some ordinary form in the past few years – he has finished outside the top 100 on the Race to Dubai the past three years.
“I feel 100 per cent that I can play in it in 2018 in France. It’s a big stretch from where I am now. I can understand that people will go, ‘come on, give yourself a shake.’ but I’ve done it before when I was worse than I am now and I made it in 2012. It doesn’t take an awful lot for me to get on a run, hole some putts and the confidence comes back.”