Originally created 08/12/02

Lawrie runs away to victory in Wales Open



NEWPORT, Wales -- Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie scored a comfortable five-stroke victory in the Wales Open at Celtic Manor Sunday, a year after he lost in a three-man playoff.

Lawrie shot two rounds of 70 on the final day of the weather-affected event to finish with a 16-under 272. Two rounds were played Sunday because of weather delays that left the second round unfinished until Saturday.

"I am so tired you wouldn't believe it," Lawrie said. "I struggled at the end of this morning's round and it was the same thing in the afternoon."

Lawrie, who won the British Open in 1999, will play at the PGA Championship this week.

England's John Bickerton finished second after shooting a 70 in the final round. Mikko Ilonen of Finland was third, and Martin Maritz of South Africa and Lucas Parson of Australia finished fourth.

Defending champion Paul McGinley, who won last year's playoff, tied for sixth with Richard Green of Australia and Trevor Immelman of South Africa.

"I was never going to catch Paul," Bickerton said. "He was hot and played lovely, but it is nice to hang on for second spot."