Paul Lawrie advances to last 32 in European Tour match play tournament he is hosting

Former British Open champion Paul Lawrie advanced to the last 32 of the European Tour match play event he is hosting in northern Scotland with a 5-and-4 victory over Romain Wattel on Thursday.

The most comprehensive win in the first round of the inaugural Paul Lawrie Match Play in Aberdeen belonged to Spain's Alejandro Canizares, who was a 7-and-6 winner over Lucas Bjerregaard of Denmark.

James Morrison, the top seed from England, beat Pelle Edberg 2 and 1 to progress from the last 64.

The second round is on Friday.