Dunne cruises into the last 16 in the Paul Lawrie Match-Play

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Paul Dunne cruised through to the last 16 in the Paul Lawrie Match-Play being held in Bad Griesbach, Germany.


Dunne easily accounted for Swede Jens Fahrbring winning 4 & 3.

The Greystones man now faces a tougher test Saturday morning  against Spaniard Alejandro Canizares if Dunne is to make the quarter-finals.

Marcel Siem delighted the home fans with a birdie-birdie finish to beat Mikko Ilonen two up and also progress to the last 16.

Finland’s Ilonen had been in record-breaking form at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach on Thursday as he beat Frenchman Matthieu Pavon 8 and 7 but he could not create that magic in round two and the German had a big finish to set up a clash against Belgian Thomas Detry.

Siem and Ilonen shared a classic nip-and-tuck match play contest that may not have had the best scoring but was enthralling to the very last.
A par was enough for the German to win the second but Ilonen took advantage of the par five third before a pair of pars put him two up. A par won the seventh for Siem but he eagled the eighth and the duo were locked together at the turn.

Ilonen won the tenth but a bogey on the next gave the hole back before Siem edged his nose in front with a birdie on the 13th. A birdie from the Finn meant it was all square with two to play before Siem sent the crowd around the Beckenbauer Course into raptures.

Tournament host Paul Lawrie of Scotland produced a spirited fightback against Alejandro Cañizares but went down 2 and 1. The Spaniard will next face Dunne..

There was better news for fellow Swede Johan Carlsson who defeated top seed Matthew Southgate of England 4 and 2 to set up a clash against Australian Marcus Fraser.

Alexander Knappe gave the home fans more to celebrate with a 5 and 4 win over Frenchman Victor Dubuisson that earned him a match against England’s Tom Lewis.

Maximilian Kieffer could not make it four Germans in the last 16 alongside Siem, Knappe and Florian Fritsch as he fell 2 and 1 to Fraser.

Defending champion Anthony Wall of England is also safely through to Saturday, after a one up win over South Africa’s Haydn Porteous.

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