Marc Warren looks ahead after fourth-place finish at Murcar

Scotland's Marc Warren walks off the 16th green after being eliminated by Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Scotland's Marc Warren walks off the 16th green after being eliminated by Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat

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Marc Warren refused to be downhearted despite a double defeat on the last day of the inaugural Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play at Murcar Links.

The Scottish No. 1 picked up just under £40,000 for finishing fourth after losing to eventual winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the semi-finals then David Howell in the third-place play-off.

“Today was a bit of a blip,” insisted Warren, who failed to muster a single birdie in losing 3&2 to Thai star Aphibarnrat but had five in going down on the last to Howell in the afternoon.

“I feel as though my game has been in really good shape the last few weeks and it’s maybe just a matter of resting tomorrow and getting it back in sync for three good weeks coming up.” That was reference to a double date in the US – the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and US PGA Championship – before his title defence in the Made in Denmark event.

“It will be my first experience of Firestone and, from watching on TV, it looks like a great golf course,” he said of the venue for the first of those events Stateside.

“The same goes for Whistling Straits (the second one) and it’s exciting to then have a title defence in Denmark to follow these two big events.”