If you need an excuse for a failing golf game, blame coke. Not cocaine, but cola, soda, pop. Irishman Peter Lawrie (above), a European Tour player since the late ‘90s, says that giving up Coca-Cola was responsible for his game losing its fizz. According to numerous reports, Lawrie—who fell from around 160th in golf’s world rankings two years ago to 726th this week—realized that he was drinking too much soda and when he gave it up, his golf suffered. “I was addicted to it and I tried to stop it,” Lawrie told a golf show in Ireland. When he started working out in 2013, going cold turkey affected him dramatically. “I went from such a high on sugar to a dramatic low. And I never recovered from it… I lost all confidence in myself… It was just very difficult to deal with all of the situations that were coming at me.” Lawrie said Coke is back in his diet, but a few cans a day rather than liters, and his game seems to be coming back, as well. Last week, a T16 in the Maybank Malaysian Open was his best finish since June 2013. Perhaps things go better with Coke after all.