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Lawrie awarded OBE in Queen's Birthday Honours

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Paul Lawrie won the Open in 1999 © PA Photos
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Former Open champion Paul Lawrie has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in recognition of his services to golf.

The 44-year-old triumphed at the Open at Carnoustie in 1999 and played a part in Europe's success in the Ryder Cup.

Lawrie also has a foundation which aims to get young people playing golf, and on the award the Scot told BBC Sport: "It's a huge honour but there an awful lot of people who do a lot of work for my foundation.

"I'm the one who looks good and gets the praise, but there are a lot of people who work very hard, my wife especially. I would rather one of the foundation kids won a tournament than I won a tournament. I get a huge kick from that."

Other names from the world of sport to be honoured were Red Bull team principal Christian Horner - instrumental in the three consecutive world championship doubles of the team along with Sebastian Vettel - and television presenter Claire Balding.

The chair of British rowing Diana Ellis has been made a Dame, while nine-time women's world darts champion Trina Gulliver has been awarded an MBE for her services to the sport as well as fundraising for charities.

Former Sport England and lately chief executive of the Rugby Football League Richard Lewis will receive a CBE. Currently in charge of the All England Club which runs Wimbledon, he said: "It has been an exceptionally enjoyable time and this reflects on all the people who have worked very hard both at Sport England and the RFL."

Noel Bailie, a footballer in Northern Ireland who played over a 1,000 times for his one and only club Linfield, receives an MBE, and Penny Briscoe is awarded an MBE for her role in Team GB's success at the London Paralympics.

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