SA’s Goosen and Oosthuizen knocked out

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

CASARES — Al­varo Quiros qual­i­fied in style for the knock­out stages of the World Match Play Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day as South African pair, Retief Goosen and Louis Oosthuizen, weree twotwo ofof three­three ma-ma­jor win­ners to bee elim­i­nated from the tour­na­ment in Spain.

The big-hit­tingng Quiros, best known for get­tingg dis­tance off the tee, showed deft­ness­ft­ness with his short irons by spin­ning his sec­ond shot at the par-4 14th back into thehe hole for an ea­gle, clinch­ing ching the Spa­niard a com-com­mand­ing five andnd four vic­tory over Sore­nen Kjeld-Kjeld­sen at the Fin­caa Cortesin course in An­dalu­sia. usia.

The 26th-ranked­ked Quiros, who up­set num­ber nine Paul Casey three and one onn Thurs­day, tops Group H and is the only guaran-guar­an­teed pool win­nerr so far. With two go­ing through from­rom each group, Kjeld­sen had a cru­cial match against Casey lat­er­ater Fri­day, but some high-pro­fileile play­ers were al­ready on theirr way home.

Goosen went three up af­ter six holes against Bel­gium’sel­gium’s Ni­co­las Col­saerts, who cameame to the Costa del Sol off a tour­na­men­tur­na­ment win in China.

Col­saerts pulleded it back to all square by the 17thth an­dand birdied­birdied the last to win by a hole.ole. He ad­vanced to the last 16 fro­mom Group F with num­ber six ranked­ked Rory McIl­roy, who de­feated Goosenoosen on Thurs-Thurs­day.

Oosthuizen fol­lowedl­lowed his com-com- pa­triot out of the tour­na­ment, the reign­ing Bri­tish Open cham­pion fol­low­ing up a three and one re­verse to Graeme McDow­ell on Thurs­day with a loss by a sin­gle hole­hole to Venezue­laVenezuela’ss Jhonat­tan Ve- gas in Group E.

The third ma­jor win­ner to fall was South Korea’s Y.E. Yang who slipped to a sec­ond straight de­feat by los­ing two and one to com­pa­tri­otot Noh Se­ung-yul in Group C.

The two other play­ers to be knocked out on Fri­day af­ter sink­ing to sec­ond de­feats were Den­mark­mark’ss An­ders HansenHansen, who lost by a hole to Aus­tralia’s Aaron Bad­de­ley in Group A, and Ryan Moore,

the lone Ameri- can player in the field who lost the last four holes to go down by a hole to fast-fin­ish­ing de­fend­ing cham­pion Ross Fisher of Eng­land.

The re­sults from the morn­ing session in south­ern Spain meant the three­thre high­est-ranked play­ers — Lee West­wood, Luke Don­ald an­dand MarMartin Kaymer — pro­gressed be­fore­be­fore theythey had teed offo for their sec­ond match. McDow­ellMcD and McIl­roy,McIl­r­roy, the North­ernNort Ir­ish pair­paair who could meetm in the last­last 16, were al­soa two of the 11 play­er­splayer def­i­nitely through. AsA well as Group H, twotw more of the eight poolsp were still up for grabs.gr MiguelMiguel An­gelAn­gel JimenezJ lost twotwwo an­dand oneone to Swe­den’sSw Jo­han­han Ed­forsEd­fors to leave both play­ers on one win in GroupGr D, with Ed­forsEdfo still to play Charl Schwartzel. Sc Ian Poul­ter, hI last year’s Ac­cen­ture­cent Match Play win­ner, halved­halve with Paul Lawrie for a sec­ond­seco straight draw. If there was a win­nerner in the match be­tween­tween LawrieLaw and Italy’sly’s FrancescoFranc Moli­nar­i­nari lat­er­late Fri­day, Poul­ter wouldw go through fromfr Group B. — Sapa-Sap AP.

PHOTO: AP

South Africans Louis Oosthuizen (left) and Retief Goosen were both knocked out of the World Matchplay Cham­pion ships in An­dalu­sia yes­ter­day.

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