Paul Lawrie: Former Open champion out of championship at Carnoustie

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Paul Lawrie proud of Carnoustie Open win

Former champion Paul Lawrie will miss The Open's return to Carnoustie after back and foot injuries ruled him out of the rest of the season.

He says the issues are "debilitating to the point where I am not able to compete at the highest level".

Lawrie won the Claret Jug at the Angus links in 1999 after a play-off with Jean van de Velde and Justin Leonard.

"Rest and further investigation will be required," said Lawrie, 49, in a statement on his website.

"It is particularly disappointing that I'm going to miss both the Scottish Open and the Open Championship as a result.

"My hope is that the break will allow me to get the required treatment and to come back next season, when I'll be eligible for the seniors circuit, as strong as ever."

Lawrie has won eight events on the European Tour and played in two Ryder Cups, winning in 2012.

Son Craig Lawrie has made it through to the final qualifying stage for this years Open.

Lawrie was one of five Scots to make it through to the next stage from Monday's regional qualifier at Panmure Golf club.

There were 13 regional qualifying events taking place throughout the UK with the final stages of qualification taking place next Tuesday.

The Scottish leg of final qualification will take place at The Renaissance club in East Lothian with three other events at Hollinwell in Nottingham, St Anne's Links in Lancashire and Prince's Course on the south coast of England.

Three players will earn a place in the starting line up at Carnoustie.

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