Karlsson knocks out Ramsay, Warren flies the flag
Richie Ramsay became the second home favourite to be knocked out of the Paul Lawrie Match Play in as many days when he was beaten by Robert Karlsson at the quarter-final stage on Saturday.
Tournament host Lawrie was beaten by Chris Doak in the second round on Friday, but fellow Aberdeen native Ramsay raised hopes of a triumph at the Murcar Links Golf Club when he beat Morten Orum Madsen by one hole in the third round on Saturday.
He came unstuck in his home city later in the day, though, as Swede Karlsson won by a solitary hole to set up a semi-final against England's David Howell on Sunday.
It had all started so well for Ramsay, who was three under after four holes to lead by two shots, but Karlsson pegged him back by birdieing the eighth and ninth before edging in front with another shot picked up at the 16th.
Ramsay could only par the final two holes, with Karlsson keeping his composure to ensure he will face Howell in the last four.
Howell had dumped out Scot Doak with a 2&1 victory in the morning and claimed an emphatic 5&4 success against compatriot Chris Wood in the quarter-finals.
Wood was two up after four, but three consecutive dropped shots from the seventh and an eagle at the 11th for Howell turned the tide.
Marc Warren is the only Scot remaining in the tournament on home soil and will face Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the semi-finals on Sunday.
Warren, who beat Nicolas Colsaerts in the third round, kept his hopes of victory alive with a dramatic play-off win against Tyrrell Hatton at the first extra hole.
Hatton was two down with three to play, but birdied the last to prolong the match, only for Warren to win it in stunning fashion by chipping in from range for an eagle two.
Aphibarnrat was a 4&3 winner over Thomas Aiken in the third round before beating Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey 2&1.