Brendan Lawlor, the world’s fourth highest ranked golfer with a disability, has joined TaylorMade Golf’s roster of tour players.
Lawlor has been making his mark in the golfing world for several years, with high-profile wins on the EDGA Tour, while also showcasing disability golf to a wider audience.
Lawlor will become the first disabled golfer to compete on the European Tour since Ced Lescut in 2015 when he tees it up at this week’s UK Championship at The Belfry, before then playing in the Northern Ireland Open on the Challenge Tour a week later.
“To sign with TaylorMade, a brand I have watched my idols play with all my life, is simply a dream come true,” said 22-year-old Lawlor, who hails from Dundalk in the Republic of Ireland. “I cannot thank TaylorMade enough for all they are doing to support all areas of the game, including disability golf. TaylorMade really are leading the way in promoting inclusivity in golf and I could not be prouder to be a part of that movement.”
Lawlor has collected victories at the German Disabled Open, the G-Golf Knockout and the EDGA Scottish Open. He also became the first disability golfer to compete in a European Challenge Tour event, the ISPS Handa World Invitational at Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in 2019.
Niall Horan, founder of Modest! Golf Management, which looks after Lawlor’s commercial interests, said: “We are delighted to have Brendan sign with TaylorMade. The TaylorMade team have been a massive part of what we have been doing at Modest! Golf over the last few years. They have always supported inclusivity in golf and taking on Brendan, they show that yet again. Brendan is an incredible man and TaylorMade are a great brand, this should be fun.”
Lawlor will play with a bag full of TaylorMade equipment, including Six Max woods and hybrids, P790 irons, Milled Grind 2 wedges, and a Spider X putter. He also uses the brand’s TP5 golf ball.
Adrian Rietveld, TaylorMade’s Senior Manager – Tour, said: “Our entire team at TaylorMade are excited to work closely with Brendan. He has high expectations of himself and goals that we believe are more than achievable given his work ethic and talent.
“My thanks go out to Brendan, and Modest! Golf’s Mark McDonnell and Niall Horan for all the work put in to add Brendon to an already world class group of players who represent Team TaylorMade. Brendan is without a doubt a player who will add value to who we are and what we stand for. I want to take this opportunity to wish Brendan only the best of success as he competes on the European Tour for the first time. This is without a doubt an historic achievement.”