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World Matchplay off to exciting start

 

Brandt Snedeker produced the shock of the day in the first set of group games in the Volvo World Matchplay as he beat Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn 5 and 4 with only 10 borrowed clubs after his golf clubs went missing on a flight between America and Spain.

The American never trailed after winning the opening three holes and was five up after just six holes.

“I grabbed John Senden’s back-up driver this morning, and the driver worked really well so that could be my driver now,” said Snedeker smiling.

“I also grabbed a putter from the Pro Shop and that started working really well but then when my own clubs arrived on the fourth hole so I added a hybrid, 3-wood and lob-wedge and my own putter to the bag.

“So it’s been a weird few days to say the least.”

In the other matches defending champion Ian Poulter beat Australia’s John Senden 3 and 2.

Poulter is looking to make up for his first round exit in the WGC-Matchplay earlier this year.

“I was really, really, really disappointed to lose to Bae (Sang-moon), so that was frustrating,” said Poulter.

“I kind of beat myself that day, and take nothing away from him but he just played okay.

“So I didn’t want to do that today. John is a really good player, and I wanted to go out there and go out and win that match.”

Justin Rose thrashed Robert Rock 7 and 6, while Graeme McDowell came from behind to beat Robert Karlsson 1 up after birdie the final hole.

“I am very happy with that as I was one down with three holes to play and against a great player like Robert Karlsson, I feel very fortunate to win,” said McDowell.

South African Charl Schwartzel did well to halve his match with Nicolas Colsaerts after finding the bunker with his drive on 18.

Volvo World Matchplay scores

Group A

Rafael Cabrero-Bello, Spain, def. Martin Kaymer, Germany, 3 and 2

Group B

Justin Rose, England, def. Robert Rock, England, 7 and 6

Group C

Charl Schwartzel, South Africa, halved with Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium

Group D

Graeme McDowell, Northern Ireland, def. Robert Karlsson, Sweden, 1 up

Group E

Sergio Garcia, Spain, def. Alvaro Quiros, Spain, 2 and 1

Group F

Paul Lawrie, Scotland, def. Peter Hanson, Sweden, 2 and 1

Group H

Brandt Snedeker, United States, def. Thomas Bjorn, Denmark, 5 and 4

Group G

Ian Poulter, England, def. John Senden, Australia, 3 and 2

 


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