With his career drifting along -- maybe even winding down -- and his British Open victory a distant memory, Paul Lawrie got the kick he needed when his 14-year-old son beat him over nine holes.
The Scot decided then he just wasn't working hard enough.
Lawrie's rude awakening at the hands of oldest son, Craig, three years ago was the catalyst, he said, to a strong comeback year in 2012 when he finished in the top 10 on the European Tour money list for the first time in a decade.
''I was proud of him for beating me,'' Lawrie said of that sobering nine-hole experience with young Craig in 2009, ''but I was also quite disappointed. You think, 'Man he should not be beating me.' ''
Motivated by the defeat, the 1999 British Open champion put in the hours on the range and finally ended a nine-year title drought at last year's Open de Andalucia. This year, Lawrie has two tournament wins, a Ryder Cup success and that top 10 finish on the Race to Dubai.
The 43-year-old Lawrie also was in c...