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Lawrie skips US Open for Ryder Cup dream

Former British Open winner Paul Lawrie won't be seeking to add to his sole major championship at the Olympic Club, after he told press he would be skipping the U.S. Open.

''My record in the U.S. Open is not good and I understand that it is a major, but I feel I have more chance of playing well at the BMW International Open the week after,'' Lawrie said Wednesday at the Spanish Open.

''I know people are going to be surprised ... but I stand more chance of earning Ryder Cup points at the BMW in Cologne then in the U.S. Open in California.''

Despite having already won the Qatar Masters in February, Lawrie said that the U.S. Open courses just didn't play right for him, the sole time he has made the cut was in 2002 at Bethpage Black.

''That year everyone was shooting low despite the weather,'' he said. ''So it's a decision I had been thinking about for a long time and I knew it was going to be an issue but if you know you can't compete in a particular tournament, then why go?''

Instead, Lawrie will focus on the Spanish Open in Seville where he hopes to tott up some priceless Ryder Cup points. Playing the opening two rounds with his potential Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal won't hurt either.

''You always learn something playing alongside Jose Maria as he is one of the short-game masters,'' Lawrie said. ''I've played with him many times before so I am looking forward to the next two days.''

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