THE STAGE IS SET

The Paul Lawrie Match Play heads to Archer­field in Au­gust with Ry­der Cup hope­fuls keen to make their mark

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In a sched­ule dom­i­nated by 72-hole stroke play tour­na­ments, there is one event this sum­mer that of­fers an al­ter­na­tive per­spec­tive on many of the world’s best golfers.

Ahead of Europe’s trip to Hazel­tine for the 41st Ry­der Cup, many of Darren Clarke’s hope­fuls are set to bat­tle it out in the Paul Lawrie Match Play. The 1999 Open Cham­pion and Golf Monthly colum­nist has again joined forces with the Euro­pean Tour to host a unique knock­out event that pits a high-class 64-man field against each other.

Tak­ing place from Au­gust 4th to 7th, the event will be staged at the Archer­field Links in East Loth­ian. Sit­u­ated on a prized stretch of land Tick­ets are al­ready on sale for this year’s event, rang­ing from £35 for a four-day sea­son ticket to £15 for daily tick­ets (un­der 18s can at­tend for free). There will be a range of fun fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in the event vil­lage, as well as free on-site park­ing. be­tween Muir­field and North Ber­wick, Archer­field blends tree-lined and links holes to pro­vide a var­ied test and views of Fidra Is­land, the in­spi­ra­tion for Robert Louis Steven­son’s book Treasure Is­land. In­deed, the play­ers will com­pete on the Fidra course, the same lay­out used for the Prostate Can­cer UK Scot­tish Se­nior Open.

Last year, Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat won the in­au­gu­ral Paul Lawrie Match Play, de­feat­ing Swede Robert Karls­son 1up in the fi­nal.

Sand­wiched be­tween The Open and the Olympics and just a few weeks ahead of Ry­der Cup se­lec­tion, the Paul Lawrie Match Play comes at a crit­i­cal point in this year’s golf­ing diary.

Ki­radech Aphibarn­rat won the in­au­gu­ral event

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