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Host Paul Lawrie recovered from a late deficit to defeat Peter Hanson at the 20th hole in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria.

For the third year in three Lawrie is not only the boss man in the tournament, but has made the second round. He did so by downing fellow Ryder Cup veteran Hanson in a dogged affair. Lawrie opened up a 2-up lead early on the front nine thanks to birdies at 1 and 5, but he handed the initiative back with losing bogey-5s at 6 and 9. The next six holes were shared before Hanson made birdie-3 at 16, but Lawrie’s birdie-2 at the next drew them all square. They halved 18 and the first extra hole before Lawrie squeezed out the win. He has lost in the second round in both 2016 and 2016 so will be hoping to avoid the hat-trick when he takes on Alejandro Canizares on Friday.
Aug 17 - 11:46 AM

Victor Dubuisson went bogey-free in dumping Bradley Dredge 3-and-2 in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria.

There is much work to be done, but this is a good sign for the Frenchman who has played the weekend just three times in nine attempts this season – a record that includes four missed cuts and two withdrawals. He took early control of the match with par breakers at No. 1 and No. 3. Dredge got a hole back with a winning birdie at the eighth, but Dubuisson made hay on the long holes on the back nine. A birdie-4 at the 10th restored his 2-up lead, an eagle-3 at the 12th extended it and, after Dredge pulled one back with a birdie at 14, Dubuisson closed out with a birdie-4 at No. 16. He will play Alexander Knappe in the second round.
Aug 17 - 11:32 AM

Paul Dunne was victorious in the opening match of his Paul Lawrie Match Play debut, downing Nathan Holman 6-and-5 at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Germany.

The Irishman’s only previous experience of head-to-head golf as a professional was when losing a play-off in this year’s Trophee Hassan II against Edoardo Molinari – so not the genuine article. When he did make his bow for real it was in style. The players shared the first two holes with pars before Dunne made back-to-back birdies at 3 and 4. His advantage was soon doubled, the Australian handing him two holes on a plate with a brace of bogeys. Holman soon after conceded the eighth to hit the turn 5-down. A birdie for Holman at 10 stopped the rot, but not for long. Dunne finished the match with another duo of birdies (at 12 and 13).
Aug 17 - 11:17 AM

Mikko Ilonen crushed Matthieu Pavon 8-and-7 in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria.

The Finn, winner of the 2014 Volvo World Match Play Championship, was in scintillating form on day one of the tournament in Germany. He opened proceedings with three straight birdies from the first tee and the Frenchman couldn’t live with the pace. The fourth was shared with par-3s but Ilonen was soon back in the red with a birdie-3 at the next. The punch-drunk Pavon conceded the sixth to a par before once more halving a short hole, the seventh. But again Ilonen won three on the bounce at 8, 9 and 10 (two birdie-4s plus a par-4 that beat Pavon’s bogey). For a third and final time they halved a par-3 but it was far too little, far too late for poor Pavon. Ilonen (6-under through 11 holes) will face the winner of Marcel Siem-Julien Quesne first round tie.
Aug 17 - 11:07 AM

Edoardo Molinari won an extraordinary match against Robert Karlsson at the sixth extra hole and now looks forward to a clash with Ashley Chesters in round two of the Paul Lawrie Match Play.

A clash between two Ryder Cup veterans at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria was tense if not always of the highest quality. The front nine was nip and tuck. Karlsson claimed 3, 5 and 8 with an eagle-3, birdie-3 and birdie-4, losing 4 and 6 to a birdie-2 and par-4. The next five holes were all halved before Molinari’s birdie-2 and par-4 at 14 and 15 was enough to take a 1-up lead. The real drama had not yet begun however. First of all Karlsson won the 18th with a double bogey-6 (repeat: won with a double bogey). Then the two needed a further six holes to separate themselves. The 24 holes required in total is a tournament record.
Aug 17 - 9:39 AM

He took his time, but Raphael Jacquelin finally won a head-to-head clash, defeating David Drysdale 2-up in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play in Germany.

The Frenchman had previously played in five different matchplay tournaments, losing every one of his singles matches, including a 2&1 loss to Seve Benson 12 months ago in this event. But at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria he broke his duck. He hit the turn 2-up thanks to three winning birdies at 2, 5 and 7 (he conceded the sixth with a bogey). Drysdale then made four birdies in the first six holes after the turn, three of them for wins, to totally turn the tide of the match, but there was to be a late twist of fate as Jacquelin stared down the barrel of another early exit – and it was all Drysdale’s doing. He made bogey at both 16 and 17 before conceding the final hole. Jacquelin will play Robert Rock in round two, but still needs to sort his matchplay game out.
Aug 17 - 9:30 AM

Defending champion Anthony Wall progressed to the second round of the Paul Lawrie Match Play after emerging 1-up winner in a ding-dong battle with Sam Walker on Thursday.

The two Englishmen engaged in an entertaining battle that began with the realisation that they were both wearing exactly the same shirt, but thereafter the action was serious. Walker’s birdie-2 won the second, Wall’s birdie-4 at the next drew them level. Walker ceded 5 and 6 to pars then No. 8 to Wall’s birdie-4, but bounced back with back-to-back par breakers at 9 and 10 to be 1-down with 8 to play. A birdie-4 at 12 doubled Wall’s lead but he lost it completely with his bogey at 16 coming straight after Walker’s unanswered birdie-3 at 15. On the final hole Wall applied pressure with birdie and Walker couldn’t match it. The reigning champion is now on a run of seven wins. He faces Haydn Porteous in the next round.
Aug 17 - 9:16 AM

Nathan Kimsey made a smart debut in the Paul Lawrie Match Play, downing last year’s semi-finalist James Morrison 2-and-1.

The rookie Englishman defeated his fellow countryman on the Beckenbauer Course at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach with a strong performance that avoided even one dropped shot. Morrison (previously 6-2 in the tournament) made an early birdie-4 at the third to take a one hole lead but made bogey at both 6 and 7 to see the momentum change before the turn. An eagle-3 for Morrison at 10 got the match level before Kimsey made his first par breaker of the day at 11, a birdie-3 to re-establish the lead. Morrison made birdie at 15, but Kimsey did so himself at 13 and 16 to lead by two. When they both parred the 17th Morrison’s race was run. Kimsey will play Chris Paisley in round two.
Aug 17 - 8:51 AM

Lucas Bjerregaard thrashed six consecutive birdies on his way to defeating Daniel Im 6-and-4 in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play.

The Danish player laughed in the face of his previous woes in the competition (first round defeats in both 2015 and 2016), as he toured the back nine of the Beckenbauer Course at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria in sensational style. The front nine had been a messy affair. He lost the par-4 fifth hole to a par and then won the next with a bogey-5. But the first hint of an improvement, with the match all square, was a birdie-3 at the ninth. He then reeled off five birdies to start the back nine and Im had no answer; his own pars were insufficient to stem the tide. Bjerregaard will face Florian Fritsch in round two.
Aug 17 - 8:41 AM

New Zealander Daniel Pearce dropped two late shots, but his 6-under-par 33-33=66 was still good for a one shot first round lead over Ben Campbell and Daniel Valente in the Fiji International at Natadola Bay GC.

It's been quite a year for the 28-year-old Kiwi, who became a father for the first time in Feburary and five weeks later claimed a first overseass title, the Queensland PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour. It is through that circuit that he gets a start in this European Tour co-sanctioned event and he is making the most of the opportunity. Starting on the back nine he raced into a dominant position, making birdie at 10, 11 and 17 before the turn, then opening the front nine with a run of one eagle and three birdies. Dropped shots at 6 and 8 couldn't stop him setting the early pace. This is rare territory for Pearce who plies his trade mostly at home and on the PGA China Tour. In fact it is only his second ET start after last year's MC in this event (76-74).
Aug 17 - 4:03 AM

Top-ranked and World No. 9 Henrik Stenson arrives for this week's Wyndham Championship at 75th in the FedExCup standings.

The 41-year-old is making his fourth appearance at the Wyndham, first since a mid-tourney WD in 2012 (68-WD), and missed the cuts in 2010 and 2011. He's the only player in the field in the top 20 in OWGR and is a pre-tourney co-fave outright at 14/1 (with Kevin Kisner). This is the Orlando resident's 13th start of the season and needs a minimum of 15 to retain status next season. He checks in off three straight top-17 finishes or better, including a T11 in his Open defense and T13 last week at the PGA (74-70-70-70). Overall, the Swede is 7-for-12 on the season with six top 25s and two top 10s, a T7 at the Valspar back in March and a T2 at the WGC-HSBC Champions last October. He's also made eight European Tour starts, posting six top 10s and two top 5s.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 16 - 7:01 PM

Web.com Tour grad and World No. 739 Max Homa is in Greensboro, NC., for the Wyndham Championship and arrives at 244th in the FedExCup standings.

The 26-year-old is making his second appearance after a missed cut by eight in 2015 (73-72). He's 2-for-16 on the season, cashing a 85/MDF six starts ago and a 71st- and last-place finish three starts ago at the opposite-field Barbasol. Barring a win this week, the California native and resident appears destined for Q-School on the Web.com Tour, or, an extremely high finish to get in the top 200 in FEC points to qualify for the WCT Finals.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 16 - 6:43 PM

World No. 493 Willy Wilcox is at Sedgefield CC for the Wyndham Championship and arrives at 198th in the FedExCup standings.

The 31-year-old is 2-for-2 at the Wyndham with all eight laps at par or better and six red laps at 67 or better. That equates to a T24 on debut in 2014 and T26 on last visit in 2015. The Alabama native and resident is 5-for-13 on the season with two top 25s and two mid-tourney WDs. His best individually is T24 at the Puerto Rico Open and teamed with Freddie Jacobson for T14 at the Zurich Classic. Wilcox has not played the minimum number of rounds to be officially ranked but if he had, he'd slot in at 118th in Scoring Average (71.191). His current form reads: CUT-T52-CUT-CUT.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 16 - 6:33 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 226 Chesson Hadley contests his sixth consecutive Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, NC., and checks in at 210th in the FedExCup standings.

The Raleigh, NC., native and resident missed four straight cuts at the par-70 Sedgefield CC before T57 last year on 5-under 275 (68-69-68-70). This is his eighth start of the season on the main circuit (Past Champion status) and has made three cuts with one top 25, a T25 at the John Deere as an alternate three starts ago. The 30-year-old won his third Web.com Tour title in 40 career events two starts ago and followed up with solo 3rd last week. He ranks 2nd on the WCT Money List so he'll be back on the PGA TOUR full-time next season.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 16 - 6:24 PM

World No. 34 Jason Dufner does battle in his 10th Wyndham Championship and checks in at 22nd in the FedExCup standings.

The 40-year-old, a pre-tourney 25/1 outright, is 6-for-9 at the Wyndham with three top 25s and two top 10s, with a best of T7 three visits ago in 2012 (68-67-63-69). He's 16-for-19 on the season with 11 top 25s and two top 10s, highlighted by his fifth TOUR title at the Memorial five starts and 11 weeks ago. The Cleveland native chased the win with two MCs -- one at the Scottish Open -- and T14 at The Open, and then a couple of finishes in the 50s, most recently T58 at last week's PGA (74-72-72-73). He ranks 16th on TOUR in SG: Approach-the-Green, 28th in SG: Tee-to-Green and 86th in SG: Putting (0.108), though 130th in SG: Around-the-Green (-0.054).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 16 - 4:47 PM



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