Friday, August 05, 2016

 Alex Noren still standing on a bad day to top seeds in Paul Lawrie Match-play

Alex Noren remained on course for a Scottish double on a day when many of the top seeds were sent tumbling out of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield.
The Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open champion came into the event as second seed and saw top seed Chris Wood and number three Matthew Fitzpatrick both eliminated on Friday.
Wood was beaten by Daniel Brooks in the last-32 and Fitzpatrick - who had been in excellent form all week - fell to Alejandro Cañizares in the last-16 on a day when Noren overcame Renato Paratore and Nacho Elvira.
The Swede did not have it all his own way against Elvira in the last-16 and was a hole behind at the turn but he birdied the 11th and 15th, and a bogey from the Spaniard on the next helped seal a 2 and 1 win.
"I love these kind of courses and links golf," he said. "I thought we haven't played match play in so long, so I was looking forward to that as well.

"Match play is tough. I've played three good matches and I just need a lot of rest now because I can feel it in my head, it's been a long day. This match play, I think takes a little bit more out of you."
An all-Swedish clash against Johan Carlsson awaits in the quarter-finals after the tenth seed went eagle-birdie-birdie-birdie from the 11th in a 4 and 3 win over Chris Paisley.
Cañizares put on a stunning display to knock out Fitzpatrick in a high-class encounter.
Fitzpatrick was one of the form players coming into the last-16 and played 15 holes in three under par but that was no match for the Spaniard, who was bogey-free and made seven birdies on his way to a 4 and 3 victory.

Having claimed 4 and 3, and 6 and 5 wins in rounds one and two, Fitzpatrick went the entire week without playing the 16th as he continues his quest to make Darren Clarke's Ryder Cup team.
James Morrison will be Cañizares' next opponent and he has not seen the 16th either as he carries some stunning form into the last eight. The Englishman is 18 under for the 43 holes played this week and he claimed a convincing 4 and 3 triumph over Michael Hoey, who was two under himself on Friday afternoon.
"When I got here, I just loved the look of the golf course and for me, my confidence grows pretty quickly the minute I get my backswing in good position," said Morrison.

Haydn Porteous will face Anthony Wall in the quarter-finals after he won a dramatic contest against last year's beaten semi-finalist Marc Warren.
Warren was three up after four holes but Porteous reeled him in and an eagle on the 11th sparked a run of three won holes as the South African claimed a one up victory.
Wall had been three up with five to play against to Richard Green but - much like he did in his win over host Paul Lawrie in the last-32 - the Australian produced a late comeback to take the contest to extra holes.

Wall made a birdie when they returned to the first and he will go in search of his first win in 16 years over the weekend.
Maximilian Kieffer will face Oliver Fisher in the remaining quarter-final after they both prevailed from tight contests.
Fisher was four up after 12 holes but had a wobble as he bogeyed the 14th and 16th before a birdie on the next gave him a 3 and 1 win against Richie Ramsay.
Kieffer was never more than two up in his contest against Brooks but a bogey from the Englishman left him two down with two to play before the penultimate hole was halve





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