Scottish Open: Graeme McDowell, Paul Lawrie Share Differing Opinions On the Event

Paul Lawrie Graeme McDowell Scottish Open

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Fresh off of the heels of his victory at the French Open, golfer Graeme McDowell has decided to skip the Scottish Open this week. Despite the fact that many of his high-profile golfing brethren will be participating in the tournament in an attempt to get ready for the British Open, G-Mac won’t be joining them. His absence is not due to the fact that he needs to rest or that he prefers to work on his game in private, however.

“No disrespect to the Scottish Open as I love that event but it has lost its prestige,” McDowell said.  He didn’t stop there, however. McDowell went on to say that “Aberdeen Asset Management have come in as sponsors and are trying to boost it. But Castle Stuart probably hasn’t been a strong enough course the past couple of years.” He also called the course “one-dimensional”.

Not surprisingly, there were many who took offense to McDowell’s comments. Paul Lawrie, who hails from Scotland, was by far the most outspoken critic of the statements made by the Ulsterman. “My answer to what he said would simply be that the Scottish Open has a title sponsor, it’s got more money than Graeme’s national open and it’s played on a links course,” Lawrie responded. Uh oh.

This spat spans a few different levels considering that Lawrie is from Scotland and also happens to be the defending champion at the tournament. It makes sense that McDowell’s comments rubbed him the wrong way. While some tension can certainly be read into the rebuttal, I think Lawrie handled the situation remarkably well. National pride is one area where people can become incensed over seemingly small issues. The response might have been a bit terse, but there certainly wasn’t enough there to insult or instigate McDowell.

McDowell should know that anytime a statement begins with “no disrespect, but…” the words that follow are almost guaranteed to be insulting. The issue could have been avoided entirely had McDowell simply said that he preferred to work on his game at his own pace or something along those lines.

Both of these guys are veterans and don’t make many waves, so I don’t anticipate this turning into an extended feud, but there could very well be a touch of bad blood the next time they go head-to-head.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

Fresh off of the heels of his victory at the French Open, golfer Graeme McDowell has decided to skip the Scottish Open this week. Despite the fact that many of his high-profile golfing brethren will be participating in the tournament in an attempt to get ready for the British Open, G-Mac won’t be joining them. His absence is not due to the fact that he needs to rest or that he prefers to work on his game in private, however.

“No disrespect to the Scottish Open as I love that event but it has lost its prestige,” McDowell said.  He didn’t stop there, however. McDowell went on to say that “Aberdeen Asset Management have come in as sponsors and are trying to boost it. But Castle Stuart probably hasn’t been a strong enough course the past couple of years.” He also called the course “one-dimensional”.

Not surprisingly, there were many who took offense to McDowell’s comments. Paul Lawrie, who hails from Scotland, was by far the most outspoken critic of the statements made by the Ulsterman. “My answer to what he said would simply be that the Scottish Open has a title sponsor, it’s got more money than Graeme’s national open and it’s played on a links course,” Lawrie responded. Uh oh.

This spat spans a few different levels considering that Lawrie is from Scotland and also happens to be the defending champion at the tournament. It makes sense that McDowell’s comments rubbed him the wrong way. While some tension can certainly be read into the rebuttal, I think Lawrie handled the situation remarkably well. National pride is one area where people can become incensed over seemingly small issues. The response might have been a bit terse, but there certainly wasn’t enough there to insult or instigate McDowell.

McDowell should know that anytime a statement begins with “no disrespect, but…” the words that follow are almost guaranteed to be insulting. The issue could have been avoided entirely had McDowell simply said that he preferred to work on his game at his own pace or something along those lines.

Both of these guys are veterans and don’t make many waves, so I don’t anticipate this turning into an extended feud, but there could very well be a touch of bad blood the next time they go head-to-head.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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