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'I was addicted to Coke' - Peter Lawrie says fizzy drink addiction caused spectacular dip in form

The Irishman has slumped to 725th in the world rankings.

Lawrie lost his European Tour card last year.
Lawrie lost his European Tour card last year.

GOLFER PETER LAWRIE claims a fizzy drink addiction triggered a loss of confidence that saw him tumble down the world rankings.

The Irishman was ranked 106th at the end of 2010, but now finds himself 725th as he attempts to get his career back on track following a radical lifestyle change.

Having gone from drinking several litres of soft drink a day to a couple of cans, Lawrie has spoken candidly about the impact the addiction has had over the past few years.

“I was addicted to Coke and I’ve recovered from that,” the 40-year-old told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.

“I was addicted to it, I tried to stop it and I cut it out completely. I went from such a high on sugar and stuff like that to a dramatic low.

“That happened three weeks after the Irish Open in 2013 and I never recovered from it, I really didn’t.

“I know this might shock people, but I lost all confidence in myself.

“I wouldn’t say I went through a breakdown, but I got exceptionally emotional at the end of that year and some of last year as well.

“It was very difficult to deal with all the situations that were coming at me. So whether that had anything to do with my mental state in any shape or form, I had no idea.

“I drink two cans a day, or three cans a day [at the moment], but I was drinking litres of the stuff, litres of the stuff. Even in the hottest country, in Malaysia, I’d have a Coke on the golf course because I was addicted to it.”

After 12 consecutive years on The European Tour, Lawrie lost his tour card last year after missing 24 out of 31 cuts.

The 2008 Spanish Open winner has played in four events this year after receiving invites from the organisers.

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