Westwood eliminated at World Match Play in Spain

May 21, 2011 - 7:43 AM
Spain World Match Play Golf Championship

Lee Westwood of England follows his shot during the World Match Play Golf Championship tournament against Aaron Baddeley of Australia in Casares, southern Spain, Friday, May 20, 2011.(AP Photo/Sergio Torres)

CASARES, Spain (AP) — Top-ranked Lee Westwood was eliminated from the World Match Play Championship in Andalusia at the final 16-player stage, leaving the door open for English rival Luke Donald or Germany's Martin Kaymer to take over as No. 1.

Englishman Westwood lost by 1 hole Saturday to Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter, ending the top seed's hopes of a third straight tournament victory.

Having only regained the No. 1 spot last month from Kaymer, Westwood will relinquish it should either of his two closest rivals — who both qualified for the quarterfinals — win the tournament on the Costa del Sol.

Donald rallied from 2 down with three holes to play against Sweden's Johan Edfors to win a playoff.

Third-ranked Kaymer was a more comfortable winner, defeating Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen 3 and 2.

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CASARES, Spain (AP) — Top-ranked Lee Westwood was eliminated from the World Match Play Championship in Andalusia at the last-16 stage Saturday, leaving the door open for English rival Luke Donald or Germany's Martin Kaymer to take over as No. 1.

Westwood lost by 1 hole to Ryder Cup teammate Ian Poulter, ending the top seed's hopes of a third straight tournament victory.

Donald crept into the quarterfinals by coming from 2 down with three holes to play against Sweden's Johan Edfors to force a playoff, which the second-ranked player won on the first hole.

Third-ranked Kaymer was a more comfortable winner, defeating Denmark's Soren Kjeldsen 3 and 2.

The quarterfinals are set to be played later Saturday.

Kaymer or Donald will go to the top of the rankings if either wins the tournament.