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Lawrie and McDaid end 12-year partnership

'Nothing lasts forever' is the old saying, and often this seems especially true when it comes to sports. The latest break-up comes from Paul Lawrie, who has decided to part company with long time coach Brendan McDaid as he sets his sights on halting his slide down the rankings table and getting his stuttering career back on track.

Lawrie, who turns 40 in March, reluctantly made the decision to split with his coach of 12 years over the Christmas period after enduring one of the most vexing seasons of his career, which has trickled into 2014 as he struggled to perform in the pre-Christmas events.

He managed to keep his European Tour card with a last-gasp Top-20 finish in the Perth International; his final event of the 2013 campaign. Lawrie missed the cut in the first three events of the 2014 campaign and has now made the call to swap Brendan McDaid for Jamie Gough.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Lawrie explained: "I really thought I was going nowhere, so things had to change. So that's why I've taken the step I have. Brendan and I have been together a long time and we remain good friends. Ending a partnership like ours is tough, but this is a business and you can't be afraid of change."

Career coach McDaid shares Lawrie’s sentiments, reaffirming there are no hard feelings. “Since Peter was the Rookie of the Year 2003, it has been a great adventure on the European Tour together,” McDaid told the Irish Golf Club Gazette.

“Particularly retaining his playing rights in Perth at the very end of last season, which really came down to the wire and was a true test of nerve in Australia.”

Lawrie isn’t content, however, with just changing out his coach; he’s also brought a new caddie into the fold, as well.

McDaid said of the changes: “For this season a new setup makes sense and I am grateful to Peter for some great years on Tour. No doubt he will continue to enjoy success and I wish him well.

“At times these changes can be good and it is the natural process of the game. Few things ever stay the same and the twelve years have just flashed by us both.”