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Born: 3 November 1989
Birthplace: Bath, England
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 0
Other Wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐
Laurie was an excellent tennis player as a youngster but made the decision to focus on golf. Having turned pro in 2011, Laurie struggled for a number of years. Prior to 2019, his career as a pro only featured two top 3 finishes. However, the death of his mentor, Gordon Brand Jr, towards the end of 2019 sparked a change in his attitude and turned his fortunes around. Laurie has spoken about the need to be less hard on himself and try and "enjoy" playing more and this seems to have paid off handsomely.
Laurie turned 30 in November 2019. He's posted his five best career finishes in the period September 2019 - December 2020.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Laurie was joint leader through 54 holes at the DP World Tour Championship. He did well until the 17th hole where his short game let him down and he recorded a double bogey 7. Finished 5th.
Joint leader with Ross McGowan at the Italian Open after three rounds, Laurie could only manage a level par 72 to lose out by a shot to Ross McGowan. It was very much a missed opportunity as Laurie missed several short putts.
Began the final round two shots behind George Coetzee at the Portugal Masters. Was impressive in recording a 66 but George Coetzee was too good.
Laurie held the joint lead the KPMG Trophy after three rounds. Shot a 66, including an eagle at the last to force a playoff.
Laurie will learn from being in contention in 2020, where he passed up several good opportunities to win for the first time. He's likely to record his first win from off the pace and his Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at 2 stars.
Over the last two seasons, Laurie has recorded seven top 10 finishes. Six of those seven finishes have come after a missed cut. Don't be put off backing him if he's missed the cut in his previous start.
Major and WGC Analysis
It's unlikely Laurie can win a Major but he's an experienced links player and can go well at the Open Championship. A 37th place finish in 2017 is his best result in a Major to date.
Not qualified for any yet.
0-1. Laurie has only been involved in one playoff (2019 KPMG Trophy). He lost out to Dale Whitnell at the second playoff hole (par 5) as he was unable to get up and down for birdie after going through the green in two.
2021 Dubai Desert Classic
You've been close a couple occasions last year in Portugal and Italy. What lessons have you learnt from those near misses tomorrow to turn that around?
LAURIE CANTER: Yeah, they are different. I think I was about this spot in Portugal and had a good last day, whereas Italy I was leading and that felt completely different to lead. Any time you're leading by a few, if you're not used to being up there, it can feel more difficult. So there's a bit more noise around you, you're going to carry that a bit more.
"I’m getting asked (why I’m playing well) a lot. I can’t put my finger on anything specific. I’m trying to play a bit more golf at home – a few more competitive games. I’ve joined a golf club with some of the other guys who play on Tour, which has been really good for me, having that competitive practice I’ve really craved when not on Tour. I’m members with Blandy (Richard Bland), James Morrison, Justin Harding, Jordan Smith – I played a fair few games with those guys when the golf courses were opening up. I’ve always led towards spending too much time on the range, but if you go out there with someone who will play well, it’ll test you and you can raise your own level. Apart from that, nothing radical. I’m trying to enjoy my golf more, which is easy when it’s going well. Just have a general, relaxed outlook in that way."