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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 and has went from strength to strength since.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Laurie has 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 ⭐⭐.
❌Began the final round of the Catalunya Championship 2 shots behind Bekker, shot 72 to finish 2 shots back of Arnaus who shot 65. Included double bogeys on 10 and 17.
❌Began the final round of the Andalucia Masters three shots ahead of Fitzpatrick but shot 76 to lose by four. A disaster Sunday.
✅Began the final round at the BMW Championship one shot behind Aphibarnrat and shot 67 to finish one behind Horschel who shot 64.
❌Began the final round at Made in Himmerland three shots behind Wiesberger and shot 69 to finish eight shots off the lead.
➖ 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.
Over the last two seasons, Laurie has recorded several 10 finishes after a missed cut. Don't be put off backing him if he's missed the cut in his previous start.
Plays tough courses well
Laurie's top 5's at Wentworth and Valderrama is further evidence he enjoys a tough test. It plays to the strength of his solid tee to green game.
Events to back Canter
Dubai Desert Classic
He was 4th in 2021 and also posted a 5th in Dubai at the end of 2020.
BMW PGA Championship
Canter took a real liking to Wentowrth in 2021 despite three previous missed cuts.
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."