Wall beats Fisher in marathon to set up Noren final


Anthony Wall came through a marathon semi-final with Oliver Fisher on Saturday to book his place in the Paul Lawrie Match Play final against Alexander Noren.

Having seen off Haydn Porteous by two holes in the quarter-finals, Wall was pushed to four extra holes in the semis by English compatriot Fisher, who won his last-eight match with Maximilian Kieffer 3&2.

Fisher had emerged victorious over 22 holes against Peter Uihlein in the first round but could not produce the goods on this occasion.


The unseeded English duo could not be separated over 18 holes at Archerfield and both produced pars as they played the last a further two times.

It remained all square after another go at the par-four 10th but a stunning approach from the rough from Wall on the fourth extra hole provided him with the decisive putt and he made no mistake, maintaining his composure to seal the win.


He will now take on Noren after the Swede, seeded second, enjoyed a superb day to defeat compatriot Johan Carlsson in the quarter-finals and then beat James Morrison in the last four.

Noren claimed a 4&2 victory over Carlsson thanks to a round that featured eight birdies and an eagle, which came at the par-five sixth.

Morrison, who had earlier overcome Alejandro Canizares 4&2, fell short as Noren shone again to triumph 3&2 and seal his place in the final.