Former Open Champion Paul Lawrie dropped into the Scotland, the Home of Golf stand at The Open at Royal Troon yesterday to sign autographs for spectators and highlight his own upcoming European Tour event at Archerfield Links in August.
The Aberdonian, who won The Open with an outstanding final-day display at Carnoustie in 1999, will compete in his 24th Open Championship this week at Royal Troon and although he still has aspirations of lifting another Claret Jug, he will have half an eye on preparing for the Paul Lawrie Match Play event in a few weeks time.
He said: “It has always been an aspiration of mine to back a tournament in my home country. Scotland is the Home of Golf and we have the best spectators in the world – as the fans here at Royal Troon will demonstrate this week."
The event also has the backing of VisitScotland, Scotland’s national tourism organisation which promotes the country as a key golf events and tourism destination.
Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “Golf is one of Scotland’s most famous exports and is a vital part of the visitor economy with the ripple effect felt in shops, hotels, restaurants and a wide variety of other businesses across the country. Hosting high profile events don’t just provide entertainment – they represent a multi-million pound benefit to Scotland – both urban and rural.
“We are lucky in Scotland to have a great ambassador such as Paul Lawrie and his support of the Paul Lawrie Match Play shows how much the country means to him.
“The Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Links is part of an exciting portfolio of world-class golf events across Scotland in 2016 and we very much hope spectators will come out to support this event, just as they will this week at Royal Troon.”