Brendan Lawlor (center) celebrates the world rankings with Niall Horan (right) after the victory in Northern Ireland
Brendan Lawlor, world number one in disabled golf, says there is “no reason” why golf cannot be played at the Paralympics and urges the sport to be launched by 2024.
Golf was re-admitted to the 2016 Olympics in Rio after a 112-year absence.
“When I saw golf being used in the Olympics, I thought it was going straight to the Paralympics,” Lawlor said.
“The course and accommodation are there [for Paris 2024] and it’s not difficult to organize an event in three years. “
The 24-year-old Irishman, who became the first disabled golfer to take part in a European Challenge Tour event in 2019, says his national Paralympics association is behind him and that he now wants to “get some important people on their minds” International Paralympic Committee ( IPC).
“I think the reason golf isn’t in the Paralympics is because they think they have to give out a lot of different categories of medals and they just don’t,” Lawlor said.
“On the European Tour, the best disabled players, men and women, compete for a prize. That’s what we’re trying to bring to the board to show that there are probably 30 or 40 players who are going to play in the Paralympics three medals can compete. ” . “
Lawlor, who has Ellis van Creveld syndrome, a bone growth disorder that results in shorter limbs, competes against players “with many different disabilities including cerebral palsy, amputees and others of lesser stature”.
“We’re all in a bunch and it doesn’t matter what disability you have, we can all play together. Look at Bryson DeChambeau, he can hit the ball farther from the tee, but other players could come from closer and” This also applies to golfers with disabilities, “he added.
Lawlor rose to the top of the world rankings for golfers with disabilities with consecutive wins in Wales and Northern Ireland over the summer – the second of which he hosted with Modest! Golf Management – the organization founded by former One Direction singer Niall Horan.
And he will be one of the eight best players on the EDGA European Tour who will compete in the season-ending Dubai Final, which will be played in November at the DP World Tour Championship of the European Tour in Jumeirah Golf Estates.
The R&A took over the organization of the world rankings this year and Lawlor sees this as another positive step for the development of the game.
“We are trying to show the Paralympics that we can be successful and we encourage amateurs to become professionals so we can do a world tour,” he said.
“I want to have a season of 12 events, four majors and one Ryder Cup-style event, and the way handicapped golf goes we can do that. It’s just a matter of lining up our ducks.”
BBC Sport has asked the IPC for a comment.