Thursday, August 04, 2016

Plain sailing at Archerfield for top seed Chris 

Top seed Chris Wood eased into the second round of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play with a 4 and 3 win over Brett Rumford.
The Englishman is looking for a victory this week to cement his place in the European Ryder Cup team and ensure he can begin married life later this month with a week's holiday rather than a battle to get into Darren Clarke's team for Hazeltine.
The BMW PGA Championship winner had spoken coming into the tie of being wary of Rumford's short game over the Archerfield Links but after the Australian made a birdie on the first, it was plain sailing for Wood.

He bounced back with a birdie on the second and won the fourth and seventh with par before recording an eagle on the par five 11th. A birdie on the 14th put him four up and he finished the job with the minimum of fuss.
"I'd like to think I have a good chance this week," said Wood. "You don't have to beat 155 others, you just have to beat six or seven, on paper. I know it's not that easy. I knew today playing Rummy, he's got such a good short game, you never feel like he's out of a hole.

"I managed to get a couple holes up by seven and you sort of feel in control.
"I couldn't buy a putt today but kept giving myself chances. When you're hitting it to ten, 15 feet on every hole, I think it wears your opponent down."

Wood will next face countryman and 32nd seed Daniel Brooks, who overcame Welshman Gareth Wright 4 and 3.
The winner of that match will face 36 holes tomorrow with the round of 32 and round of 16 rescheduled for Friday with high winds expected on Sunday.

Birdies at the first, sixth, eighth, 11th and 16th all brought him holes with Bjerregaard fighting back with a gain of his own on the 14th.
Australian Richard Green had been two down with seven to play but three birdies in the next five holes helped him claim a 3 and 2 win over Lee Slattery and earn a clash with Lawrie.
"I played lovely today," said Lawrie. "I've been struggling a wee bit with a sore neck the last ten days but today I felt fully fit and when I feel like that I feel as though I can make birdies and I can get some speed with the club.
"I've not played with Richard for a long time. He's a similar age to myself, maybe a little younger, so not so much of a young gun tomorrow. But whoever it is, you've got to play decent golf."
Local favourite Marc Warren dumped out fifth seed Jorge Campillo as a run of four birdies in five holes from ninth helped him to a 3 and 2 triumph.
Next up for the Scot will be Swede Magnus A Carlsson, who was seven under for 15 holes in beating Chase Koepka 4 and 3.
Another victorious Scot was eighth seed Richie Ramsay, who overcame a late fightback from last year's semi-finalist David Howell to win by one hole.
Next up for him is Roope Kakko, the Finn made an eagle on the last to beat Grégory Havret after 20 holes.

Oliver Fisher needed 22 holes to overcome American Peter Uihlein and he set up an all-English clash with Simon Khan - a 2 and 1 winner over Pablo Larrazábal.
Mikko Ilonen - the 16th seed  - had fallen behind against Jin Jeong after six holes but two birdies in four around the turn moved him ahead before a Jeong bogey on the 16th handed the Finn a 3 and 2 victory.
German Maximilian Kieffer was six under after 15 holes in beating Edoardo Molinari 3 and 2 and he will be next up for Ilonen.
Richard Bland was a 2 and 1 winner over Joakim Lagergren and will next face fellow Englishman Anthony Wall who beat Robert Dinwiddie 3 and 2.
David Horsey fell behind early as Sébastien Gros made an eagle on the second in their match but the French number 21 seed would make only one further birdie as Horsey won the fifth, seventh, eighth, tenth, 12th, 13th and 14th in a 6 and 4 win.
He will face Haydn Porteous on Friday morning with the South African beating John Parry at the first extra hole.

To see all 32 results from day one at the AAM Paul Lawrie Match Play click here.



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