Commercialbank Qatar Masters

#CBQMGolf Spotlight - Paul Lawrie

In this edition of our series, better get to know defending champion Paul Lawrie

Major champion, two-time Ryder Cup Team Europe member and Commercial Bank Qatar Masters defender Paul Lawrie is officially back in this year's field. Lawrie will return to Doha Golf Club January 23-26, 2013, aiming for his unprecedent third Commercial Bank Qatar Masters title.

In the first instalment of our #CBQMGolf Spotlight series, here are some facts and figures about Paul Lawrie. How many of these did you already know?

-Lawrie has eight career European Tour wins.

-He was one of six golfers to win multiple events on the European Tour in 2012.

-He was 30 years old when he won the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters for the first time in 1999, finishing seven strokes ahead of the nearest competition.

-In winning the 2012 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, Lawrie, who goes by the nickname ‘Chippy,’ chipped in twice on the final day on his way to shooting a 65.

"I don't think I can play much better than that," Lawrie said, after securing the win.

-As a two-time Commercial Bank Qatar Masters winner (1999 and 2012), Lawrie is one of only two players with more than one title. Adam Scott has also won the tournament twice.

-Lawrie lives in Aberdeen, Scotland, which is also the hometown of poet Lord Byron and singer Annie Lennox.

-The 14th hole at the Banchory Golf Club in Aberdeen, where he started his professional career, is now named after Paul Lawrie.

-In his famous victory at The Open Championship in 1999, Lawrie came from 10 strokes back on the final day. He ultimately beat Jean Van de Velde and Justin Leonard in a four-hole playoff.

-In 1999, Lawrie was part of a Europe Ryder Cup team that was on the losing side of a huge comeback by the Americans. He experienced sweet redemption this past September, returning as a member of Team Europe in 2012, which came back from a 10-6 deficit on the final day to emerge victorious.

-Lawrie made an important contribution to Team Europe's closing-day run, beating Brandt Snedeker in singles.

"I'm proud of every person in the team and pretty proud of myself to go out and perform like that under the utmost pressure against a tough crowd," Lawrie told the BBC, after the competition.

-Lawrie and his wife, Marian, have two children, Craig and Michael.

-The Paul Lawrie Foundation, founded in 2001, provides opportunities for juniors golfers to learn to play and to improve their game.