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.