Lawrie to host new European event

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie will host a new match play tournament which will feature on the European Tour for the next three years.

The inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play will take place at Murcar Links Golf Club just outside Aberdeen from July 30 to August 2, 2015.

The tournament will feature 64 leading European players taking each other on in a straight knockout format.

“I’m delighted to be announcing this new tournament and it’s fantastic to be bringing another European Tour event to my home town of Aberdeen,” said Lawrie.

“Match play is a format that we don’t get to play too often out on Tour, and so it’s an exciting opportunity for an elite knockout tournament to come to Scotland.”

“I’m extremely grateful to Mike Loggie of Saltire Energy for sharing my vision with this and for coming on board as the event’s title sponsor, as without the backing of such sponsors, none of this would be possible.”

European Tour chief executive George O’Grady added: “Paul Lawrie has been a strong and loyal supporter of The European Tour over the past three decades, as well as one of our finest players and ambassadors.

“We are therefore delighted that he is putting something back into the game at the highest level of European golf with this new match play event, on top of the commendable work he does at grassroots through the work of the Paul Lawrie Foundation.”