Paul Lawrie Match Play moves to Germany

Knock out event moved from Scotland following declining attendances 

Charlie Lemay's picture
Wed, 7 Dec 2016

The Paul Lawrie Match Play will move from Scotland to Germany in 2017, after declining attendances.

East Lothian’s Archerfield only attracted 10,000 fans through the gates last year, 1,000 less than the 2014 tally.

The Beckenbauer course at Quellness Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria, used for the European Tour’s Porsche Open for the last two years, will play host next term.

Lawrie said: “We are very fortunate to be able to host the 2017 event at the Quellness Golf Resort Bad Griesbach and I look forward to seeing the tournament taking place in a new country.

“Scotland has been great for the event the last two years and we have hosted the event at two superb venues but the opportunity to play on the course where the Porsche European Open returned in 2015 is a fantastic change.”

The competition will remain a 64-man knock-out match play event, with a €1m prize fund, and will take place from 17-20 August.

The inaugural event in 2014 was played on near Lawrie’s home city of Aberdeen at Murcar.

Last year, Sweden’s Alex Noren triumphed after beating England’s Anthony Wall in the final.

Lawrie had expressed the view he wanted the competition to stay at Archerfield.



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