Ian Poulter lost to Thomas Aiken, 1 up.
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Friday, May 17, 2013

KAVARNA, Bulgaria (AP) - Ian Poulter was eliminated from the World Match Play Championship after losing another round-robin match Friday.

Poulter lost to Thomas Aiken, 1 up, at the Thracian Cliffs course when he bogeyed the last hole after missing the fairway.

``I have no excuses,'' Poulter said. ``There is no excuse for that display of golf over the last two days. It's disgusting, disgraceful and there's no explanation. I should have been able to finish the match off.''

Poulter lost to Thongchai Jaidee on Thursday. On Friday morning, Jaidee beat Aiken, 1 up.

Jaidee is one of only four players to win both early matches, joining Francesco Molinari, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Scott Jamieson.

Fernandez-Castano beat Jamie Donaldson on Friday and then defeated Brett Rumford, 3 and 2.

Rumford won his opening match earlier in the day, beating Jamie Donaldson, 5 and 3.

``Jamie got off to a bit of a bad start and I just capitalized on that with three birdies in my first four holes to be 3 up and that really was the key,'' Rumford said.

Richard Sterne also ensured his advancement by defeating former U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy, 5 and 4, while defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts recovered from his first round loss, beating Kiradeck Aphibarnrat, 3 and 2.

``It played a little better today but there are still a few loose shots in my game, but I needed to win so I guess it's mission accomplished,'' Colsaerts said. ``But hey, I'm in a better spot this year than compared to this time last year when I managed to go through to the last 16 with just a draw from my first two matches.''

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