Westwood, Donald advance at Match Play

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COSTA DEL SOL, Spain -- Lee Westwood and Luke Donald both won on Friday to advance to the quarterfinals at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Westwood, the top-ranked player in the world, downed Aaron Baddeley, 4 & 3, to advance from the Seve Ballesteros group. Baddeley will also move on as he fended off Anders Hansen, 1-up, earlier Friday. Hansen lost his two matches and was eliminated.

World No. 2 Donald bested Ross Fisher, 3 & 1, to move on. Fisher also made the quarters from the Mark McCormack group after beating Ryan Moore, 1-up, in his first match Friday at Finca Cortesin Golf Club.

The 24 players were broken into eight groups of three. There was one match per group Thursday, then two per group on Friday.

World No. 9 Paul Casey was the highest ranked player in the field to be knocked out. He lost to Alvaro Quiros on Thursday, then fell to Soren Kjeldsen on Friday afternoon.

Martin Kaymer and Seung-yul Noh moved on from the Arnold Palmer group. U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell and Jhonattan Vegas advanced from the Ian Woosnam group.

Nicolas Colsaerts and Rory McIlroy advanced from the Gustaf Larson group, while Quiros and Kjeldsen moved on from the Greg Norman group.

Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari are headed to the quarters through the Gary Player group. In the Assar Gabrielsson group, Johan Edfors and Charl Schwartzel advanced after Miguel Angel Jimenez made bogey on the first playoff hole.

All three players in the Gabrielsson group had won and lost one match, creating the need for the playoff. Edfors and Schwartzel parred the par- three 10th to move on.

Also failing to advance were 2009 PGA Champion Y.E. Yang, reigning British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, two-time U.S. Open winner Retief Goosen and former British Open champ Paul Lawrie.

Quiros was the first to move into the quarterfinals after routing Kjeldsen on Friday morning. Quiros will take on Noh on Saturday.

Noh took down Yang, 2 & 1, Friday morning before losing by the same margin Friday afternoon to Kaymer.

Kaymer will take on Kjeldsen, who never trailed against Casey.

Kjeldsen won the first three holes in a streaky match with Casey, who squared the match on the 11th. Kjeldsen won three in a row again from the 12th, but Casey responded with wins on 15 and 16. They halved the last two holes, and Casey was ousted.

Westwood rolled by Baddeley with an impressive run in the middle of the round. Leading 1-up after six holes, Westwood made par to win the seventh, then birdied the next three holes to push his lead to 5-up after 10 holes.

Westwood will face Ryder Cup teammate Poulter, while Baddeley will take on Molinari in the quarters. Poulter halved both his matches to advance.

"I've carried on from where I left off in Indonesia and Korea," Westwood stated. "I will try to keep that going, but match play is different, you can play well and lose."

Molinari had three wins early on the back nine to push his margin over Lawrie to 5-up, and the match was over when they halved the 16th.

Donald and Fisher had a back-and-forth match before Donald won the eighth to take the lead for good. He will face Edfors on Saturday, while Fisher will take on Schwartzel.

Edfors took down Jimenez, 2 & 1, Friday morning, but fell 5 & 4 to Schwartzel in the afternoon.

McDowell took control of his match with Vegas with three wins in a row from the third. McDowell will take on his countryman, McIlroy, in the quarters. Vegas advanced to face Colsaerts.

"He beats me every time we play together," McDowell said of McIlroy. "But this is the Northern Ireland match play championship and I'm hoping it's going to be different. It's the Volvo World Match Play and the pressure is on."

Colsaerts beat Goosen in the morning, then easily handled McIlroy in the afternoon. Colsaerts won five of the first eight holes and cruised from there.

Vegas beat Oosthuizen 1-up in the morning, before losing to McDowell by the same score in the afternoon.

NOTES: The quarterfinals are slated for Saturday with the semifinals and finals on Sunday...Fisher, the defending champion, defeated Anthony Kim to win this title in 2009.


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