The Paul Lawrie Match Play receives an unfavorable spot on the schedule. Much of the world’s elite are on the heels of usually at least two weeks in the States for the WGC-Bridgestone and PGA Championship, meaning they’re unlikely to reverse course to Europe right away. Plus, some players have opted for the tropical climes of Fiji or have stayed for the Wyndham Championship.
There are still some solid rising players here at Bad Griesbach to go with some accomplished veterans.
In the round of 64, a few matchups caught my eye.
Italy’s Edoardo Molinari battles Sweden’s Robert Karlsson at 10:25 a.m. local. This would have been a world-class draw in the late 2000s, but neither are too far gone from peak form.
Molinari escaped from the doldrums with a win at the Trophee Hassan II in April. He rose from 618th in the world, and as low as 1,119th, to 245th. He’s now settled at No. 278.
Karlsson hasn’t won since 2010, but advanced to the Paul Lawrie Match Play finals in 2015. The former European Tour Order of Merit winner in 2008 is ranked No. 406 in the world.
Peter Hanson vs. Paul Lawrie pits 2012 Team Europe Ryder Cup teammates.
World No. 115 Nicolas Colsaerts is the highest-ranked in the field. He takes on Ashun Wu, a European Tour winner in 2015 and 2016.
Below are my predictions for the round of 64. I’ll save the analysis for the later rounds:
High seed listed first. Winner is in bold.
- Matthew Southgate vs. Romain Wattell
- Johan Carlsson vs. Daniel Brooks
- Gregory Bourdy vs. Marcus Fraser
- Maximillian Kieffer vs. Magnus A Carlsson
- Jorge Campillo vs. Felipe Aguilar
- Paul Peterson vs. Jamie Donaldson
- Anthony Wall vs. Kristoffer Broberg
- Gregory Havret vs. Haydn Porteous
- Matthieu Pavon vs. Mikko Ilonen
- Julian Quesne vs. Marcel Siem
- Thomas Detry vs. Eduardo de La Riva
- Nacho Elvira vs. Justin Walters
- David Drysdale vs. Raphael Jacquelin
- Robert Rock vs. Marc Warren
- Daniel Im vs. Lucas Bjerregaard
- Oliver Fisher vs. Florian Fritsch
- Richie Ramsay vs. Tom Lewis
- Zander Lombard vs. Sebastian Gros
- Lasse Jensen vs. Alexander Knappe
- Bradley Dredge vs. Victor Dubuisson
- Edoardo Molinari vs. Robert Karlsson
- Ashley Chesters vs. Ricardo Souveia
- Adrian Otaegui vs. Gary Stal
- Chris Hanson vs. Nino Bertasio
- Paul Dunne vs. Nathan Holman
- Jens Fahrbring vs. Johan Edfors
- Richard Bland vs. Alejandro Canizares
- Peter Hanson vs. Paul Lawrie
- Nicolas Colsaerts vs. Ashun Wu
- Rikard Karlberg vs. Matt Wallace
- Scott Jamieson vs. Chris Paisley
- James Morrison vs. Nathan Kimsey
Round of 32
- Matthew Southgate vs. Johan Carlsson
- Marcus Fraser vs. Magnus A Carlsson
- Jorge Campillo vs. Paul Peterson
- Anthony Wall vs. Haydn Porteous
- Matthieu Pavon vs. Marcel Siem
- Thomas Detry vs. Nacho Elvira
- David Drysdale vs. Marc Warren
- Daniel Im vs. Oliver Fisher
- Richie Ramsay vs. Sebastian Gros
- Lasse Jensen vs. Victor Dubuisson
- Edoardo Molinari vs. Ashley Chesters
- Adrian Otaegui vs. Nino Bertasio
- Paul Dunne vs. Johan Edfors
- Richard Bland vs. Peter Hanson
- Ashun Wu vs. Matt Wallace
- Scott Jamieson vs. James Morrison