Westwood eliminated at World Match Play in Spain

Westwood eliminated at World Match Play in Spain

Lee Westwood lost to Ian Poulter on Saturday morning.
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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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