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Lawrie aims for Scottish boost

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie hopes he can get his game back on track at the Scottish Open this week.

The 45-year-old Aberdonian, who enjoyed his finest hour at Carnoustie in 1999, is relishing the opportunity to test himself against the strongest competition in the history of his home event.

And Lawrie believes this week's tournament at Royal Aberdeen could be the launch pad which helps him reclaim his place among the world's top 100.

\"Obviously this week I've had quite a bit on,\" he told Sky Sports News. \"The Scottish Open and the Open are my two favourite weeks but also the two busiest weeks.

\"So after Wednesday's programme I need to get my head down and get going. It would be nice to play well this week and next week and get myself going again. I'm kind of falling down the rankings week on week.

\"I'm working just as hard as I ever have. I still want to get back up there. The plan is to be back in the top 100 before the end of the year.

\"I'd like to play in the PGA, you get in that by the top 100, so I've only got this week and next week to get back in there to play in the PGA.

\"And if that doesn't happen then it doesn't happen. I still want to play. I still want to get out there and win tournaments. I hit balls early this morning, and as long as I'm still keen to do that then I want to kick on.\"

Meanwhile, Jonas Blixt plans to prepare himself on the links course to be ready for Hoylake next week.

The Swede believes this week's venue is perfect for players readying themselves for the Liverpool showpiece.

\"I think it's a great way to prepare for the British Open as well for the bigger names in the States," he said.

\"When you have a golf course like this which is probably a lot like Hoylake, I think it's a good set up to come here a week before and get prepared for it.

\"It's going to be a tough test. Every major is tough, and we'll see what happens when I get there.