The young man from Dundalk started a steady rise up the Ranking a couple of years ago after a string of fine performances in events on the EDGA tournament circuit including winning the EDGA Scottish Open in 2019.
Successive victories in first the EDGA Cazoo Open in Wales in July and then on Sunday (August 1) in the ISPS Handa World Disability Invitational in Northern Ireland (an event he hosted with Modest! Golf Management) have taken Brendan to the hallowed Number One spot on the WR4GD, ahead of Jiri Janda of the Czech Republic in second place and in third place, Italy’s Tomasso Perrino, who was actually runner-up to Lawlor in both Wales and Northern Ireland.
In that pair of two-round tournaments Brendan was under par on three occasions out of four on highly challenging course set-ups at Celtic Manor and then Massereene GC and Calgorm Castle, playing the same courses as the European Tour players in attendance, as the European Tour generously hosted the two EDGA supported tournaments as part of the EDGA European Tour 2021.
The top eight players from four EDGA European Tour 2021 events qualify for the EDGA Dubai Finale to be staged at the European Tour’s DP World Tour Championship, Dubai at Jumeirah Golf Estates in November.
Brendan Lawlor’s rise to the top of the ‘Gross’ Ranking has been dramatic but not completely surprising. Shorter than average in stature due to a rare condition called Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, Brendan has become a fantastic striker of a golf ball from tee to green. From 100 yards in he can be particularly deadly, partly due perhaps to his prolific teenage years competing in Pitch & Putt competitions at home in Ireland, a format which is popular there, with Brendan beating all-comers one season to become National Champion.
On starting to compete in full golf seriously at around 17, he had reached out to one or more EDGA players who encouraged him to give it a try on the EDGA circuit. Today, he is more than repaying the faith of his many supporters in the manner in which he is playing his golf and in how he speaks so well about all the benefits of golf for everyone, including new players with a disability who might consider giving the game a try. Now, with Lawlor top of the WR4GD, it will take a great run from others to take this leading spot away from him.
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Article by Ben Evans, +44(0)7789 722853, Aug-06 2021
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