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Lawrie unfazed by Open storms

Scotland’s Paul Lawrie is not concerned about potential storms during this week’s Open Championship at Hoylake.

Dry weather conditions are expected for the tournament's first day on Thursday, but the threat of storms will linger for the remaining three rounds.

The 45-year-old, who was part of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team in 2012, revealed he never checks the forecast and is confident he can adapt his game to suit any conditions.

\"A lot of the players look at the forecast but I don't do that,\" he admitted. \"There is no point in doing that. It can be wrong.

\"You have just got to deal with what is there on the day. You look out the window and whatever the weather is, the weather is.

\"Some days you need to hit it up in the air and stop and some days you need to hit it low and run it in there so you just adapt to whatever you get. But hopefully we will get some nice weather.\"

Lawrie won the Open at Carnoustie in 1999 and he says that result always gives him confidence he can take home the Claret Jug once again.

\"Obviously, it's nice to come to tournaments that you have won before,\" he said.

\"As soon as you drive in, you can see it's a massive event by the crowds and the grandstand and all that kind of stuff so it is nice to be back.

\"The course is looking great. I have not played many holes yet but I'm looking forward to Thursday.\"

Lawrie faces an early start on Thursday as he is scheduled to tee off at 7.42am with American duo Ben Curtis and Justin Leonard, who won the tournament himself in 1997.