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