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China Open: Lawrie counting cost of falling just short

By William Callahan

Peter Lawrie dropped more cash than most of us earn in a year by leaving a 10 foot putt fractionally short on his 72nd hole at the Volvo China Open.

Had he converted that birdie chance at the last, Lawrie would have banked €233,964 by finishing alone in runner-up spot behind winner Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium.

Instead, the 37-year-old Dubliner wound-up with a four-way share of second place, worth €140,085.

That’s a whopping €93,878 difference. Or around 12,000 packets of Pampers Lawrie currently is trying to “build-up a cushion (on Tour) so I can take time off in May when my wife Philippa gives birth to our fourth child.”

Further down the money list was Gareth Maybin who hoisted himself into a tie for 10th place and a cheque for €36,639 with a final round 67, which featured an eagle at 16 and a birdie at 17. Michael Hoey signed off in spectacular style, a birdie-eagle finish lifting him into a tie for 52nd (worth €7400). Lawrie’s final round 68 left him in a tie on 20-under with Soren Kjeldsen (66), Danny Lee (65) and Pablo Martin.

l ENGLAND’S Charlotte Ellis staged a sensational smash-and-grab charge to win the Helen Holm Scottish Women’s Open Strokeplay from Ireland's Leona Maguire over the Royal Troon Golf’s Open Championship links.

Trailing Leona by three strokes with six holes to play, the 25-year-old birdied the 13th, 15th and 16th holes to trail by one stroke.

Both parred the short 17th and then tragically Leona ran up a double bogey six at the last, taking three shots to get on the green and a further three putts from six feet.

Ellis two putted for a cast-iron par-4 and a 71 to lift the title.

Leona finished with a 73 for 11 under par 214, just one shot adrift of the champion.

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