Day 1 of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play, a European Tour event taking place from 4th – 7th August 2016 at Archerfield Links in East Lothian, Scotland’s Golf Coast.
The 64-man knockout event, part of the The Race to Dubai, saw Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat win last year’s inaugural event after edging past Robert Karlsson in a dramatic final at Murcar Links Golf Club. A strong field has been assembled for the 2016 edition with a prize fund of €1 million at stake.
Ticket prices at Archerfield Links have been kept low – Adults £15, Under 18s free – to encourage families to spend a day out watching some of Europe’s finest golfers.
Read on for a preview of the Paul Lawrie Match Play courtesy of the European Tour website:-
Marc Warren will again head the home challenge alongside Richie Ramsay and tournament host Paul Lawrie. Ryder Cup hopefuls Chris Wood and Matt Fitzpatrick will be hoping to showcase their match play skills ahead of the Hazeltine showpiece, whilst Mikko Ilonen will be feared by the field after his victory in the 2014 World Match Play Championship. Big-hitting Spaniard Alvaro Quiros has the ability to overpower his opponents, whilst Kristoffer Broberg proved his match play credentials earlier in the season in the EURASIA CUP. His fellow Swede Alex Noren, the recent winner of the Scottish Open, will be hoping to secure an Aberdeen Asset Management double this week.
The course. Archerfield Links will be hosting a European Tour event for the first time, having held the 2015 Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open, won by current Senior Open Champion Paul Broadhurst. The North Berwick venue becomes the 21st different Scottish club to host a European Tour event since the Tour’s inception in 1972. Measuring 6,978 yards, the par 72 layout was designed by two-time European Tour champion DJ Russell.
Did You Know? In 2015, the tournament became the fifth different official match play event to be played on the European Tour. The other four are: PGA Match Play Championship (1972-1979); the Epson Grand Prix of Europe (1986-1989); the WGC–Dell Match Play (1999 onwards); and the World Match Play Championship (2004-2008, 2009, 2011-2014).
This is the full list of the 64 players taking part in the Paul Lawrie Match Play, together with tee times.
Action starts this morning at 8am.
Tickets in advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets on the day are available priced: Season Ticket £35/Adult daily £15/Under 18s free.