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Defending champion Anthony Wall reaches the second round in Germany


Anthony Wall is hoping to make a successful defence of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play

Anthony Wall is hoping to make a successful defence of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play

Anthony Wall is hoping to make a successful defence of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play

Defending champion Anthony Wall recorded his seventh straight victory in the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play to reach the second round in Germany.

Wall won six matches to claim his second European Tour title at Archerfield Links 12 months ago, 16 years and 204 days after this first in South Africa.

And despite a change of venue to Bad Griesbach Golf Resort for the 64-man knockout event, Wall carried on where he left off with a hard-fought victory over fellow Englishman Sam Walker, a last-minute replacement for the injured Kristoffer Broberg.

Wall, who holed from 20 feet for a winning birdie on the 18th, said: "We played well. He wasn't so good off the tee and then made birdies at nine and 10 by holing long putts and then it was game on.

"I just managed to keep hold of him and I got my chance at the last and made three so that was fantastic.

"If you've done something in that field before once or twice you can draw from that and if you have those nervous patches you can go 'I've done it before, why can't I do it again?' and that's how I try and draw through all my golf."

Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard was the first player to advance to the last 32, six birdies in a row from the ninth giving him a 6&4 win over American Daniel Im, although Finland's Mikko Ilonen enjoyed the biggest win, thrashing Mathieu Pavon 8&7.

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"It started on nine when he almost holed his second shot and it rolled maybe five feet past," said Bjerregaard, who won the inaugural GolfSixes with Thorbjorn Olesen in May.

" He put the pressure on me, I hit in to 12 feet, made the putt, and then he missed his and that kind of put the momentum over on me.

"The GolfSixes was a lot of fun. I've always enjoyed match play but the last couple of years I haven't had much success here. It was nice to get an early win."

Tournament host Paul Lawrie needed 20 holes to edge past former Ryder Cup partner Peter Hanson, with Edoardo Molinari beating Robert Karlsson on the 24th hole after losing the 18th to a double bogey.

Top seed Matthew Southgate beat France's Romain Wattel 3&2 despite breaking his driver 15 minutes before teeing off, the 28-year-old borrowing one from compatriot Chris Paisley, who had earlier beaten Scott Jamieson the 22nd hole.

"Chris is a lot shorter than me so I was really squatting into my eyes every time I hit it, but did enough to win the match," Southgate, who finished sixth in the Open at Royal Birkdale, told Sky Sports.

"I'm not sure if I'll be able to get it replaced but if worst comes to worst I've got a very powerful three wood in the bag and I'll have to just really smash some three woods around. It works for (Henrik) Stenson!"

Second seed Richie Ramsay was the biggest casualty as he lost 3&2 to England's Tom Lewis, while there were comfortable wins for Walker Cup team-mates Paul Dunne and Ashley Chesters.

"I love the format," Dunne said after beating Nathan Holman 6&5. "It's competition in its purest form."

Chesters saw off Portugal's Ricardo Gouveia 4&2, while Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson - who secured the winning point at Gleneagles in 2014 - birdied his last four holes to beat American Paul Peterson 2&1.

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