Westwood eliminated at World Match Play in Spain

By STEVE DOUGLAS | May 21, 2011 | 8:43 AM EDT

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.