By Dermot Gilleece
Sunday February 03 2013
Fit, young and ambitious, he threw a backward glance at Pádraig Harrington waiting in the next group before proceeding to smash an absolute beauty, straight down the middle. “Would you like to hit another one?” the Dubliner teased mischievously as the rookie scampered off.
It was practice day at Abu Dhabi GC in preparation for the first full tour event of the New Year. “Guys like that used to frighten the life out of me when I first came on tour,” said the winner of three Majors. Peter Lawrie nodded. He and Damien McGrane completed an Irish three-ball which would be extended to four when Rory McIlroy joined them on the second. “You’ve got to be mature enough to see beyond that one drive,” said Lawrie. “You have to believe you can box clever and get the ball around a golf course.”