Aug 2nd, 2016

Paul Lawrie Match Play draw

And the top match to watch

Paul Lawrie Match Play drawMatt Fitzpatrick will take on Ryder Cup vice-captain Thomas Bjorn in round one of the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play, which starts tomorrow. And here are the other pairings and tee times.

Fitzpatrick’s form has not been great of late, and this will provide the perfect platform to show Bjorn what he can do when they tee it up together at 2.15pm tomorrow. And Darren Clarke will be all over that game like a hawk.

Paul Lawrie, himself a fellow Ryder Cup vice-captain with Bjorn, is delighted with the opportunity to watch Fitzpatrick play Bjorn.

“It’s amazing how the draw has come out with young Matt up against Thomas,” Paul Lawrie told bunkered.co.uk. “So he’s going to see Matt up close, in matchplay competition and situation. So Darren I’m sure will be loving that draw!

“There are three boys here with a chance of playing the Ryder Cup who are in the field so it’s a great experience for them playing competitive golf in a matchplay environment is all good.”

Lawrie will be up against another Dane, Lucas Bjerregaard but admitted he’s been struggling with an injury.

“I’m not 100% fit,” he added. “My neck is not very good. I played nine holes this morning but I’ll see how I am. I’m not far away to be fair but my results have been very poor. I’ll need to play well on Thursday because Lucas is one of our up and coming players so it’ll be tough but I’m looking forward to it.”

Morning session:

8am: Haydn Porteous v John Parry

8.10am: Sebastien Gros v David Horsey

8.20am: James Morrison v Alvaro Quiros

8.30am: Tommy Fleetwood v Graeme Storm

8.40am: Pablo Larrazabal v Simon Khan

8.50am: Peter Uihlein v Oliver Fisher

9am: Johan Carlsson v Morten Orum Madsen

9.10am: Robert Rock v Gary Stal

9.25am: Jorge Campillo v Marc Warren

9.35am: Magnus A Carlsson v Chase Koepka

9.45am: Matthew Southgate v Kristoffer Broberg

9.55am: David Drysdale v Michael Hoey

10.05am: Richie Ramsay v David Howell

10.15am: Gregory Havret v Roope Kakko

10.25am: Benjamin Hebert v Chris Paisley

Afternoon session:

12.30pm: Lee Slattery v Richard Green

12.40pm: Lucas Bjerregaard v Paul Lawrie

12.50pm: Callum Shinkwin v Eduardo de la Riva

1pm: Alejando Canizares v Mike Lorenzo-Vera

1.10pm: Mikko Ilonen v Jin Jeong

1.20pm: Maximilian Kieffer v Edoardo Molinari

1.30pm: Nacho Elvira v Oliver Wilson

1.40pm: Raphael Jacquelin v Craig Lee

1.55pm: Richard Bland v Joakim Lagergren

2.05pm: Robert Dinwiddie v Anthony Wall

2.15pm: Matt Fitzpatrick v Thomas Bjorn

2.25pm: Pelle Edberg v Matt Ford

2.35pm: Chris Wood v Brett Rumford

2.45pm: Daniel Brooks v Gareth Wright

2.55pm: Alex Noren v Scott Jamieson

3.05pm: Renato Paratore v Stephen Gallacher

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