Brendan Lawlor’s meteoric rise to world No. 1 golfer with a disability

In October 2020, the Englishman stated that he hopes to “keep the ball rolling” for the next generation of disabled golfers. Lawlor, who is now No. 1 in the World Ranking for Golfers with Disabilities, has driven that ball across the fairway and over the summit – and it doesn’t appear to be coming down anytime soon.

He was adjusting to his new life as a professional athlete three years ago. Since then, the 25-year-old has become the first disabled golfer to compete on the European Tour, won three consecutive disability events through 2021, and risen to the top of the disability golf world rankings.

In recent weeks, he has assisted Prince Harry in improving his swing and has headlined a historic new Tour for disability golf, but perhaps Lawlor’s most memorable moment came during the final trials for his country’s disability golf European Championships team.

Lawlor made his professional debut in September 2019, signing with Modest! Golf Management, a company founded by fellow Irishman and singer-songwriter Niall Horan. The former One Direction member is now a close friend and supporter of disability golf.

Lawlor spent the day teaching golf lessons to veterans from around the world who shared their stories of various battles, both physical and mental.

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