Sunday, 20 August 2017
Marcel Siem  (Getty Images)
Marcel Siem (Getty Images)

Marcel Siem was edging towards an emotional final on hole soil as he moved two up at the turn against Johan Carlsson in the last four of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach.

German greats Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer are the only German players to have won in their home country in European Tour history but Siem stayed on course to join them on Sunday morning.

The 37 year old is 125th in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex but has spoken of how he has channelled his emotions in front of a home crowd to inspire his performance and he continued to impress in Bavaria.

The second semi-final was an all-Spanish affair and Adrian Otaegui was in control, leading three up against Alejandro Cañizares.

It was an early start for a Sunday but that was no problem for Siem as he flew out of the blocks, birdieing the first and second.

Carlsson hit back on the par five next before the fourth was halved in pars but another Siem birdie on the fifth restored his cushion.

The sixth and seventh were then halved in par but Carlsson has played the par fives well all week and he made another birdie on the eighth to cut the gap before Siem won the ninth with a birdie.

Otaegui also made a quick start with birdies on the second and third as the first, fourth and fifth were halved.

A bogey from the 2015 Qualifying School winner on the sixth handed Cañizares a hole back but Otaegui birdied the par three seventh and par five eighth to move three up.

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