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