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Tuesday, October 12, 1999 Published at 11:19 GMT 12:19 UK


Lawrie given Wentworth start

British Open champion Lawrie must start the tournament

Open champion Paul Lawrie and Masters champion has been drawn against Australian Craig Parry in Thursday's World Match Play opening round at Wentworth.

Instead of being seeded through to Friday, Lawrie will have to secured his quarter-final place, along with Jose Maria Olazabal, who meets American Notah Begay, the Navajo Indian who, on Sunday, secured his second US Tour victory this season.


[ image: Olazabal faces a tough challenge]
Olazabal faces a tough challenge
In a change of policy the world rankings have been used to determine the four top seeds, although defending champion Mark O'Meara has been named the number one.

O'Meara who beat Tiger Woods in last year's final opens on Friday against the winner of the Lawrie v Parry clash, while world number three Colin Montgomerie faces either Olazabal or Begay - assuming he has recovered from a dental problem which forced him out of last week's Alfred Dunhill Cup at St Andrews.

Three-time winner Ernie Els, the world number seven, is the third seed and waits for the winner of the meeting between Ryder Cup Dubliner Padraig Harrington and Paraguay's Carlos Franco, both of whom are making their debuts in the events.

Two other newcomers meet in the first round as well, with 19-year-old Sergio Garcia taking on South African Retief Goosen for the right to face Zimbabwe's Nick Price, the number four seed.

Draw and tee-off times

Seeded positions in brackets

0845 and 1300 (8) C Parry v P Lawrie (Gbr).

Winner to play (1) M O'Meara (USA).

0900 and 1315 (5) S Garcia v R Goosen (Rsa).

Winner to play (4) N Price (Zim).

0915 and 1330 (6) C Franco (Par) v P Harrington (Irl).

Winner to play (3) E Els (Rsa).

0930 and 1345 (7) JM Olazabal (Spa) v N Begay (USA).

Winner to play (2) C Montgomerie (Gbr).



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