Paul Dunne put on an exhibition of short game skills on Saturday during his last 16 but came up just shy in tough encounter with Alejandro Cañizares at the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.
Above Paul Dunne – Image by Fran Caffrey Golffile.ie
After trading blows with the Spaniard all morning, The Greystones star made a Seve like up and down on the last to take his last 16 match into extra holes.
After halving both the 19th and 20th with the Spaniard , Dunne called a stroke penalty on himself when he felt his ball moved in the left rough at the 21st hole of the match.
Dunne informed match referee Andy McFee that his ball moved at address, and was penalised a stroke by the match referee.
Dunne then hit his approach having to hit a high hook around trees that left the Greystones man in another almost impossible lie in a swale left of the green.
Dunne could only manage to get his chip into just over 30 foot but he still went ahead and poured in a 35 footer for a bogey, forcing Spaniard Cañizares to make a three footer to knock him out.
Cañizares then came through his second playoff match of the day, beating England’s Chris Paisley at the 20th in the afternoon to set up a semi-final meeting with fellow Spaniard Adrian Otaegui.
Otaegui beat Ashley Chesters 6 and 5 before recording a 2 and 1 win over German Alexander Knappe in the afternoon
The home favourite Marcel Siem might be 124th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex but has found his form in spectacular style and is now just two wins from a fifth European Tour title after the German beat Robert Rock on the first play off hole to advance to the semi finals at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.
Englishman Rock was two up as he stood on the 15th tee but Siem made birdies on the 15th and 16th before sealing victory on the 19th with another birdie.
The home favourite will take on big hitting Johan Carlsson on Sunday morning after the Swede overcame defending champion Anthony Wall on the last in their last eight encounter.