Major win for brilliant Brendan

Louth Village man Brendan Lawlor is expected to climb to the top of the world rankings following his historic victory at the inaugural G4D Open in Woburn, England.

The competition was billed as the first ever Major in the G4D (Golf For the Disabled) Tour which was launched in February 2022.

It focuses on inclusivity, making space for every player and aiming to inspire more people with disabilities to pursue golf. The new tour now has a schedule of nine tournaments which run alongside DP World Tour events, at the same course on the same week.

Brendan was born with Ellis-van Creveld syndrome, an inherited disorder that results in short stature and short limbs. The talented Louth Village man has been making his mark around the world for several years with high-profile wins on the EDGA Tour while showcasing disability golf to a wider audience. Brendan, who honed his skills as a youngster playing pitch and putt in Channonrock has become one of the very best disability golfers in the world in recent years, collecting victories at the 2021 Cazoo Disability Open, 2021 ISPS HANDA World Disability Invitational, 2019 German Disabled Open, the 2019 G-Golf Knockout and the 2019 EDGA Scottish Open.

He also became the first disability golfer to compete in a European Challenge Tour event, the ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in 2019. Last weekend he teed it up at Woburn looking to get back on the winning trail having not won a tournament in almost twelve months. The tournament was billed as the very first Major in the G4D format with 80 players entered including 14 of the top 20 disability golfers in the world.

England’s Kipp Popert went into the tournament as favourite given the fact he has won multiple times this season and was the number one ranked player in the world.

However, Brendan played beautifully on the first day carding a brilliant 70 to take an early lead in the tournament. Day two saw Brendan once again play fantastically from tee to green but an uncooperative putter meant he signed for a 74 thus taking just a one shot lead ahead of world number 1 Popert into the final day.

That final day couldn’t have started much worse for Lawlor, with the 26-year old starting his round with three straight bogeys but despite going two shots down to the world number 1, Lawlor regained his poise superbly making a number of clutch putts throughout his round to regain the lead and eventually win the tournament by two strokes from Popert. Following his win Brendan celebrated with Dad Billy who is also his caddie and the pair returned to Louth Village on Saturday where delighted friends and family toasted Brendan’s success.

“We got home on Saturday morning and my girlfriend Rebecca had organised a night in town to celebrate the victory and we all had a brilliant night. It was a great feeling to have my name on the trophy and become the first ever Major winner in our sport and I’m proud of how I coped with the pressure on the final day. I started the final round badly with three straight bogeys and at that stage I just decided to open up my shoulders a bit and just go for it. Kipp is a very steady player but he was feeling the pressure down the stretch and he went way right at the final hole while I drove it straight down the middle.

“It’s been a while since I last won so it felt extra special to get it done at Woburn. I have been working very hard on my game and it’s nice to get the rewards. It’s great to see our tournaments get so much coverage and it really is turning into a mainstream sport now. I know Sky gave the tournament great coverage and they are showing highlights of the action this week. Next up for me is the Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Sweden but first I will chill out at home for a couple of days and enjoy this special victory,” stated Brendan.

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