Brendan Lawlor SILENCES TROLLS with inaugural G4D Open win!

Brendan Lawlor claimed the inaugural G4D Open at Woburn. 

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Sat, 13 May 2023
Brendan Lawlor SILENCES TROLLS with inaugural G4D Open win!

Brendan Lawlor edged out Kipp Popert in an engrossing contest to claim the inaugural G4D Open at Woburn. 

Lawlor roared back to the World No. 1 spot with his victory. 

The two players could hardly be separated in a thrilling final round before Lawlor pulled clear and won by two shots at the Duchess Course.

Lawlor, 26, from Ireland, finished on 3-over with a total of 219. He posted a final round of 75. Popert carded a 76. 

The tournament was held in partnership with The R&A and DP World Tour. It featured nine sport classes across multiple impairment groups. 

Lawlor was at the receiving end of some unpleasant comments on social media at the start of the week. 

He has a rare condition called Ellis-van Crevald syndrome, characterised by shorter stature and limbs. 

A delighted Lawlor said:

"It's just an unbelievable feeling. It hasn't really sunk in yet. I've put so much hard work into my game the last few months and it's been trending really well.
"I couldn't get it over the line last year, so it's been a while since I've been in the winner's circle. I'm proud of myself just to get it done. [I'm] really happy. I didn't hit it well all day but I made a couple of clutch putts on the front nine."

Lawlor, who represents Niall Horan's Modest! Golf, added: 

"Niall has supported me from day one. I've been with the guys for four years. For a disability golfer, they never treat me differently than anyone else. I'm proud to be part of that team and hopefully we can get more wins." 

Lawlor is also a TaylorMade athlete. 

His winner's bag included the Stealth 2 Plus Driver, which featured in our guide of best drivers 2023

Here's a look at his full bag:

Brendan Lawlor WITB (May 2023)

  • Driver: Stealth 2 Plus 9.0 driver
  • Fairways: Stealth 2 15.0 3-wood, Stealth 2 18.0 5-wood
  • Irons: P·770 4-6 iron, P·7MC 7-PW
  • Wedges: MG3 50, 54, 58 
  • Putter: Spider X Hydro Blast 
  • Ball: TP5

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