Lawrie happy with European talent

Lawrie happy with European talent

Paul Lawrie feels European golf is in good hands despite last week's heavy Ryder Cup defeat to the USA at Hazeltine.

Lawrie was part of captain Darren Clarke's backroom staff in Minnesota but was powerless to do anything as the Americans sunk their putts to claim victory by 17 points to 11.

It was the first time Team USA had lifted the trophy since 2008 and the top players from either side of the Atlantic will reconvene in France in 2018 for the next renewal of hostilities.

Whether Lawrie is in the team as a player only time will tell, but fellow Scot and Hazeltine vice-captain San Torrance feels he will captain the team at some point in the future.

The 1999 Open champion loved being part of proceedings over the weekend and is adamant Europe have the youngsters coming through to be a real force in the next few years.

"This is my third Ryder Cup and the best I’ve been involved in," said Lawrie. "The next captaincy will be decided in the coming months, but whoever gets it is a lucky boy because there’s a lot of great talent in that team for Paris.

"Look at Thomas Pieters, he was fantastic. I was out a lot on the course for Rafa Cabrera-Bello and what a player he’s become. He stood up to be counted this week and there’s a lot to be said for that."