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Paul Lawrie still has Ryder Cup hopes

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Paul Lawrie is still holding out hope of competing for Europe in the Ryder Cup despite admitting that it will be "really difficult" for him to qualify.

That means that the 45-year old, who was a member of the winning team in Medinah in 2012, is relying on being one of captain Paul McGinley three picks.

Lawrie is currently 72nd in the European points list and 86th in the worlds list with only nine players qualifying automatically, four from the European points list and five from the worlds point list.

The Scot recognises that his best chance of playing is my earning one of the three spots given out by McGinley.

"I want to play and I'll give it my best shot," he told BBC Scotland.

"Paul McGinley's got three picks. My eye is on one of those, no question."

However, Lawrie acknowledges that he faces some stern competition from fellow European players if he is to earn one of those precious spots.

"There's people way ahead of me that are looking for a pick."

Lawrie is just returning from a neck injury that has kept him out for a prolonged period and refuses to rule out of competing in the event at Gleneagles in September.

"I'm not saying that I can't get in. I know as well as anyone I can put together a run of six to eight weeks where you have a couple of wins and a couple of top threes," he added.

"But what I am saying is that, where I am, it's going to be really difficult to get in.

"At the moment, I'm miles away, but that's a good thing because you can play it down. If you are in line to get a spot, it's quite nervy the last couple of months.

"I remember feeling it quite badly when I was trying to get in the Medinah team. It's not easy. Everyone wants to play Ryder Cup, but only 12 people can."

Lawrie has been suffering with a trapped nerve in his neck since January but hopes he can put that behind him and return to the top of his game before September. He is positive about his recuperation after playing three events since returning from the injury.

"I feel fantastic," he explained. "I feel better now than I've ever done in my career.

"I'm working out two or three times a week, I'm eating a lot better. I'm hoping that it's going to improve my golf soon.

"If you're out there feeling 100% then it's got to help. The neck's 100%. I've had no problems at all. I've played three events. The first week in Spain, I didn't give it 100% on a lot of the shots speed-wise because I was kind of protecting it.

"The last two weeks, I've hit it normal, I've given it a thrash on the down swing and it's been 100%. I feel fresh, I feel ready.

"There's never a good time to get injured, but for me it was the perfect time. I only missed two or three events that I would've played in over the four months that I was off."

Before the Ryder Cup Lawrie will be hoping to use the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen to catch McGinley's eye on course he's very fond of.

It's going to be fantastic, I can't wait," he added.

"I wish it was tomorrow. It's building up nicely. Everyone's starting to get a bit of a buzz about it.

"The venue's just second to none. The boys are going to love what they see and how the golf course is presented. It's a proper links course."

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