Published: Dec 08, 2011 3:51 PM EST
Updated: Dec 09, 2011 7:30 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie endured plenty of ribbing from his two sons during a nine year title drought on the European Tour. After finally winning again in March, the Scotsman wants to show the boys it wasn't a fluke.

The 42-year-old jumped out to the early clubhouse lead Thursday at the Dubai World Championship Thursday, sinking seven birdies on his way to a 7-under 65. He eventually settled for second after the first round, a shot behind Peter Hanson of Sweden.

Lawrie, whose two sons Craig and Michael are aspiring golfers, said a win this weekend would help show his sons their father is still "a decent player."

Lawrie's win in March at the Andalucian Open was his first since he won the Wales Open in 2002.