CASARES, Spain (AP) – Ian Poulter overwhelmed fellow Englishman and friend Tom Lewis 4 and 3 to reach the last 16 in his defense of the World Match Play Championship.
Poulter extended his unbeaten match-play record on European soil to 14 contests to top Group A and set up a match against local favorite Alvaro Quiros on Saturday.
The three-time Ryder Cup player says he's pleased with his driving and making key putts, similar to last year.
British Open champion Darren Clarke's struggles continued, losing to Robert Rock and Justin Rose in the same day to fall out of the tournament.
Top-seeded Martin Kaymer was eliminated by the lowest-ranked player in the field on Friday, losing by 1 hole to Richard Finch.
The No. 9-ranked German needed to make a 3-foot putt to halve the match and force a playoff against the No. 218-ranked Finch, but it horseshoed out.
Kaymer, who won the 2010 U.S. PGA Championship, started the year at No. 4 but hasn't won an event this year. He joins Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel as major winners who failed to make the weekend.