England’s Anthony Wall will take on Sweden’s Alex Noren in the final of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield tomorrow.
With strong winds predicted for East Lothian tomorrow, Anthony Wall and Alex Noren look set to face a battle against the elements as well as each other when they tee it up in the final of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at 11.05 on Sunday morning.
Sweden’s Alex Noren is looking to make it two European Tour wins on Scottish soil in 2016 after he claimed the Scottish Open title at Castle Stuart in July.
The Swede defeated his compatriot Johan Carlsson 4&2 in the morning’s quarter-finals of the Paul Lawrie Match Play before seeing off England’s James Morrison 3&2 in the afternoon.
“It feels amazing. I’ve never even been close in a match play event before, and it’s pretty hard mentally playing these matches, but I like it,” he said.
“It would be pretty special to win again in Scotland. I don’t know what it is about the place – I love playing links courses and this week we have had great weather so far. I know the forecast is for the wind to really blow tomorrow but that doesn’t really bother me – I would rather it was really windy than really wet.”
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Wall has played in 431 events on the European Tour since his last victory in South Africa, back in 2000 – The Alfred Dunhill Championship. Now 41, he produced some great golf to get past Haydn Porteous in the morning’s quarter final and then fellow Englishman Oli Fisher in the semis.
Wall chipped in for an eagle on the home hole to seal the match with South Africa’s Porteous, before coming through a tough encounter with Fisher on the 22nd hole.
“Obviously I feel sorry for Oli, because it was a good game so it’s a shame someone had to lose because we’re good pals and we played well,” said Wall. “It’s been a brilliant week and I would love to win this tomorrow. I’ve very much enjoyed Archerfield as a whole. The course is great and we’ve been made to feel incredibly welcome by everyone here… Alex is the man in form, so it will be a great game. I’m looking forward to it.”
Oliver Fisher (ENG) bt Maximilian Kieffer (GER) 3 & 2
Anthony Wall (ENG) bt Haydn Porteous (RSA) 2 UP
Alex Noren (SWE) bt Johan Carlsson (SWE) 4 & 2
James Morrison (ENG) bt Alejandro Cañizares (ESP) 4 & 2
Alex Noren (SWE) bt James Morrison (ENG) 3 & 2
Anthony Wall (ENG) bt Oliver Fisher (ENG) 22nd hole