Lawrie backs Vivendi captain

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Paul Lawrie has welcomed the decision to reappoint Paul McGinley as captain for next month’s Vivendi Seve Trophy.

Paul Lawrie has welcomed the decision to reappoint Paul McGinley as the Britain and Ireland captain for next month’s Vivendi Seve Trophy.

“He proved he was a good captain – everyone had positive things to say about him,” said Lawrie.

“It seems like they are putting Paul strongly in position to be the (Ryder Cup) captain at Gleneagles in 2014, which I think is a good move.”

He was not as supportive of the amateur Walker Cup team to take on the Americans at Royal Aberdeen in two weeks’ time, however.

David Law, a twice Scottish Amateur champion that Lawrie mentors, was not selected, and Lawrie was puzzled by the decision.

“I think surprise would have been the first reaction,” he said.

“And then obviously when you find out that there’s someone been selected that’s 121 places below David in the world rankings then it becomes more shock than anything.”

Lawrie is referring to Alan Dunbar, ranked 208th to Law’s 87th.

“It’s my view (that) whenever you have the team selected the way they do it I don’t think they have the 10 best players on the GB&I team – and until you get that, you’re always going to risk losing,” he added.

Lawrie himself returns to action at Glenagles for the Johnnie Walker Championship starting Thursday.

A winner already on Tour this year after breaking a nine-year drought at the Andalucian Open back in March, the Scot still has a chance of making the Seve Trophy team for the first time since 2003.

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