Sunday, August 07, 2016

Anthony Wall beats Alex Noren in Paul 
Lawrie Final

                           Anthony Wall (left) and Paul Lawrie at the conclusion of the event
Anthony Wall beat Alex Noren in the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play final at Archerfield Links, East Lothian to win his second European Tour title a record 16 years and 204 days after his maiden victory.
The Englishman’s wait between titles is the longest in European Tour history, while the 431 events since his first triumph in South Africa surpasses the previous high of 276 set by Christy O’Connor Jnr.
Wall overcame a sluggish start at Archerfield and eventually secured a one-hole win over favourite Noren, who missed out on a Scottish double following his victory at Castle Stuart last month.
Wall, who finished as a runner-up seven times between victories, said: “It’s funny – the other one in 2000 felt like yesterday!
“It’s amazing because it’s such a hard job to beat everyone because everyone is so good.

“I did wonder whether it would ever come again. I’m just so pleased for my parents – they put in so much when I was young. I’ve got two children that just want to see their dad win, I’m speechless, it’s phenomenal.
“I don’t know what it was, you don’t know what you’re going to get. I felt calm all week, I putted well… I just found something with my putting a little bit.”

Noren was a combined 19 under par for the front nine over the first five rounds and made another flying start in the final.
Wall drove into trees at the first and Noren took full advantage with a birdie from ten feet.
It was Noren, a five-time European Tour winner, who was wayward off the second tee as he pulled his effort into a forest down the left.

However, having been forced to chip out backwards, he played a remarkable third to the green on the par five and sank his putt for another birdie.
At two down Wall must have been expecting his long wait for a second trophy to continue, but he responded immediately with a winning birdie on the third and squared the contest with a gain at the long sixth as Noren paid for missing the fairway.
The 41 year old Wall cashed in again on the par five 11th to go one up with a birdie, and scrambled superbly from sand at the 12th and 14th to maintain his lead.
Both players got up and down for birdie at the driveable 16th, and at the short 17th Noren saw his birdie effort lip out as Wall kept his nose in front.
Wall made par at the long finishing hole, but Noren missed his birdie effort from 15 feet as he failed to force extra holes.
England's James Morrison won the third-place play-off 4 and 2 against compatriot Oliver Fisher after starting with a run of birdie, eagle, birdie to establish a lead he refused to relinquish.



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