How the semi-finals were won in Paul Lawrie Match Play

Anthony Wall bear fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher at the 22nd in their semi-final at Archerfield Links. Picture: PA
Anthony Wall bear fellow Englishman Oliver Fisher at the 22nd in their semi-final at Archerfield Links. Picture: PA
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Here’s how the semi-final matches were won in the Aberdeen Asset Management-sponsored event at Archerfield Links.

Anthony Wall (Eng) bt Oliver Fisher (Eng) at 22nd

The pair matched each other blow-for-blow over the first six holes, including birdies at the third and sixth, before Wall got his nost in front with a birdie-3 at the 434-yard seventh.

Morrison hit back immediately with a birdie at the second only to miss the fairway at the ninth and losing that as he stumbled to a double-bogey, giving Wall the lead at the turn.

They then halved the 11th in birdie-4s before Wall, having found heavy stuff off tee at the 12th - a great match-play hole - then sand with his second, escaped with a half in pars by rolling in a 10-footer.

Wall retained his slender advantage with a two-putt from just off the back edge at the 14th before the 16th, where the tee had been moved up to encourage players to try and drive it, was halved in birdie-3s.

It was back to all square when Wall, having missed the green, was unable to get up and down at the par-3 17th, though he did then manage that at the last as it was halved in birdie-4s.

After halving three holes in pars, Wall eventually won through with a birdie-4 at the 22nd.

Alex Noren (Swe) bt James Morrison (Eng) 3&2

As had been the case in his morning match, Noren got off to a fast start with birdies at the opening three holes, winning all of them.

The Swede then matched Morrison’s first birdie of the match - at the par-5 sixth - before going four up with a birdie-3 at the seventh.

After pulling his drive into trees at the ninth, Noren’s ball moved on the pine needles as he was about to play his second and was penalised a shot as he lost that to a par.

Sensing a way back into the match, Morrison then won the 10th as well, this time with a birdie from around 10 feet.

The Englishman must have fancied his chances as well at the par-5 11th but, after Noren had rolled in an 18-footer for birdie, he missed from six feet to fall three down.

It was Morrison’s turn to get the first blow in at the 12th, holing from around 12 feet for a birdie, which won him the hole as his opponent then missed from just inside that distance.

It was tit for tat now and Noren then holed from around 10 feet for a birdie-2 at the 13th that Morrison was unable to match as the gap became three again.

Morrison came agonisingly close with birdie putts at both the 14th and 15th before running out of holes as the 16th was halved in 3s.

Including that unfortunate penalty shot, the Swede was six-under for the 16 holes.