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Lawrie Becomes 1st Irish Golfer Named European Tour Rookie of the Year - 2003-11-04

Peter Lawrie has become the first Irish golfer to be named the European Tour's rookie of the year since its inception in 1960. The Dubliner finished the season 56th on the tour's money list earning nearly a half-million dollars. He also finished in the top 20 six times and did so even after missing 17 cuts in 32 starts.

The 29-year-old turned professional in 1997 and graduated to the European Tour after winning last year's Challenge Tour Grand Final. He came close to winning his first European event in April, but lost out to England's Kenneth Ferrie in a playoff at the Spanish Open.

The panel deciding who wins the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award is composed of the European Tour, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of Saint Andrews and the Association of Golf Writers.

Past winners include England's Nick Faldo (1977), Spain's Jose-Maria Olazabal (1986) and Scotland's Colin Montgomerie (1988).