Paul Lawrie: My toughest matchplay opponents

2016 08 Paul Lawrie
PAUL LAWRIE MATCH PLAY

It's less than 24 hours until the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play gets going at Archerfield Links.

The host himself goes up against Lucas Bjerregaard in match No.18, which tees off at 12.40pm.Either Lee Slattery or Richard Green await him should he see off his Danish first round opponent.

But here's a question: who are the toughest players former Open champion Lawrie has ever come up against in a matchplay competition?

We caught up with the two-time Ryder Cup star and vice-captain for this year's match at Hazeltine to find out...

Tiger-Woods_170307_155016.jpg#asset:138287

Tiger Woods

"Monty and I played against Tiger at Brookline in 1999 and he’s our best ever player, certainly of my generation. Monty played magnificently that day and it was pretty much him against Tiger with me and his playing partner Steve Pate featuring now and again. But to play against the best player of my generation was incredibly tough. We managed to win that day, which was nice, but he was certainly the best player I’ve faced in matchplay."

--

Mitsubishi Electric Classic - Round One

Craig Parry

"I played Craig in the World Match Play at Wentworth in 1999 and he was quite magnificent. He never hit the ball off-line, kept it in play all the time and he was a great chipper and putter. When you play against someone like that in matchplay, it’s just so difficult to beat them. I was about seven or eight-under that day for the 30-odd holes that we played and he beat me 3&2."

--

Open de Espana - Day Two

Jose Maria Olazabal

"Me and Jose played against each other in the 2000 Seve Trophy. As everyone knows from the Ryder Cup, he was an unbelievable matchplay golfer who never gave much away. He was incredibly tough to play against. His short game was magnificent and he always holed the key putts when it mattered. When you’re playing against guys like that - short game maestros with total win-at-all-costs attitudes - then matches are just so difficult."



• This item first appeared in issue 148 of bunkered golf magazine (June 2016).

--

Paul Lawrie Match Play: Tickets just £15!

Admission to the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play is priced at just £15 per day (£35 season) with FREE admission for under-18s. The tournament gets underway tomorrow (Thursday, August 4) and continues through to Sunday. For more information, log-on to paullawriematchplay.com or follow the event on Twitter: @PLMatchplay

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
Titleist
play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO HIT A LOB SHOT | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
TaylorMade
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Robert MacIntyre ‘disappointed’ with US Open debut
US Open: Rory Sabbatini just hit the worst putt of all time
WATCH - Pro has SIX-PUTT from four feet at US Open
US Open 2020: Final round tee times
Matthew Wolff the man to beat at US Open

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Keeping your clubface square
Watch
play button
Don’t take the club away to the inside
Watch
play button
Control your rhythm and tempo
Watch
play button
A quick drill from Denis Pugh that will help your game
Watch
See all videos right arrow