Lawrie sinks double-eagle with 4 iron

Updated: July 19, 2009, 9:57 AM ET
Reuters

TURNBERRY, Scotland -- Former champion Paul Lawrie recorded a rare double-eagle 2 at the par 5 seventh hole in Sunday's final round of the British Open.

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The Scot, who won the 1999 Open at Carnoustie, struck a 4 iron from 213 yards and watched as the ball bounced up on to the green and rolled into the cup.

"The wind was a little off the left and I just hit a nice three-quarter 4 iron," a smiling Lawrie told reporters. "I saw it go in which was kind of nice.

"It was lovely, my first one. It was just the perfect distance really. It felt good."

Lawrie, who began a blustery day on Turnberry's Ailsa Course 14 strokes behind leader Tom Watson, went on to card a 2-under 68 for an 8-over 288.

The double-eagle and birdie at the par-3 third helped the 40-year-old make the turn in 4-under 31.

Lawrie blotted his copybook at the 12th when he had to take a penalty drop after hitting his drive way right into the rough. He missed the green with his third shot, chipped up on to the green and three-putted for a triple-bogey 7.

He dropped another stroke at the par-four 14th before ending his round in style, with birdies at the 15th and 18th.