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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 133
ANIRISH golfer with an insatiable sweet-tooth is blaming fizzy drinks for his game's decay. You read correctly. The player in question is Ireland's Peter (Not-To-Be-Confused-With -Scotland's-Paul) Lawrie, who says an addiction to cola led to his dramatic form slump which saw the Dubliner drop from just outside the world's top 100 to a lowly 896 at the end of 2014. Strangely enough, the 40-year-old isn't blaming his brush with addiction on the 'drink' itself, but rather his attempt to quit the sugary, fizzy beverages as the root cause of his rapid fall from grace. Speaking on Irish radio last week, the 2008 Open de Espana winner told listeners the extent of his addiction to cola and how it nearly led to him quitting the game altogether. (Seriously, you can't make this stuff up.) "I lost all confidence in myself. I wouldn't say I went through a breakdown but I definitely got exceptionally emotional," Lawrie said. "It was very difficult to deal with all of the situations coming at me. "Whether that had anything to do with my mental state in any shape or form, I have no idea." He said he was drinking several litres of the stuff a day before finally deciding to stop. "I drink two or three cans a day (now) but I was drinking litres of the stuff. "Even in the hottest country, like Malaysia, I'd have a Coke on the golf course because I was addicted to it." Now it'd be pretty easy to give Lawrie a caning over his less than effervescent statements – and many will. After all, the line that 'fizzy drinks destroyed my game' is almost farcical – although still not the strangest thing we've heard in the golf world this year (thank you, Mr Allenby). But dare I say it, it's rather refreshing to hear an elite athlete like Lawrie admit he is affected by the same banal problems as many others in society. And John Daly. Lawrie says he quit the fizzy free-for- all after finishing 10th at the 2013 Irish Open. Then the sugar crash really began. "I cut it out completely and went from such a high on sugar to a dramatic low," he said. "I never recovered." Yet it seems he could now be on that famous road. He is starting to see some rewards, having made three cuts in a row and finishing 16th at the Malaysia Open a couple of weeks back. So here's hoping the next time Lawrie has one in the can, he'll be celebrating his second European Tour victory. That, of course would be the sweetest comeback of them all. OTG the VIEW LAWRIE BITTER ABOUT SUGAR WE KNOW GOLFERS ARE A SUPERSTITIOUS BUNCH, BUT BLAMING COLA FOR YOUR FORM SLUMP SEEMS A BIT RICH TO ME. with Damian Shutie OTG Editor-in-chief FLIP IT & RIP IT. TM Introducing our first-ever front-to-back FLIPZONETM adjustable weight technology. Flip the weight forward for a penetrating ball flight that generates more roll. Or, flip it back for a towering flight path and carry those hazards that used to get in your head. Its two settings deliver the perfect distance and trajectory for your swing. GAME CHANGED Find which setting is right for your game at cobragolf.com.au/fly-z
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