Paul Lawrie, winner of the 1999 British Open (yeah, the one where Jean Van de Velde fell apart), finished his round on Friday at 8-over for the tournament. Thinking he was guaranteed to miss the cut, Lawrie drove home to Aberdeenshire, ready to spend Saturday and Sunday enjoying the 2013 British Open at Muirfield from the comfort of his own home.
The problem: he hadn’t missed the cut.
In Lawrie’s words (via Reuters):
I went home, obviously I didn’t think seven-over had any chance, let alone eight. I had been watching it on the I-pad and was actually out walking the dog when the texts started to come through. So we packed a bag and got back here at 11.15 last night. I’ve never had to do that before so thankfully it’s just up the road. When I came off the course six over was 79th or 80th. It just shows you how tough this course is.
Despite not having much time to prepare, Lawrie shot an impressive 70 on Saturday. He would have been in contention for the championship on Sunday had he not had a horrible round of 10-over on Thursday (he shot a 69 Friday).
No word yet from Lawrie’s dog about the situation, though given the difficult course conditions, he likely advised Lawrie to stay clear of the ruff.