Westwood and Donald Record Early Wins

(From www.bbc.co.uk)

Lee Westwood and Luke Donald both recorded comprehensive victories in their opening games at the World Match Play Championship in Casares.

Englishman Westwood beat Denmark’s Anders Hansen 6&5, while countryman Donald defeated American Ryan Moore 4&3 in the first round of group matches.

Northern Ireland duo Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell also won but Paul Casey lost 3&1 to Alvaro Quiros of Spain.

Ian Poulter birdied the last to force a half with Italy’s Francesco Molinari.

McIlroy defeated South African Retief Goosen on the last hole and US Open holder McDowell beat Open champion Louis Oosthuizen 3&1.

Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez trounced Masters champion Charl Schwartzel 6&5, while former world number one Martin Kaymer beat 2009 US PGA champion YE Yang 2&1.

The format sees 24 players divided into eight groups of three based on world rankings, with two points for a win and one for a halved match.

The top two from each group will progress to the last 16 knockout stages.


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