• Volvo World Match Play Championship, Day Two

Lewis and Poulter into last 16

ESPN staff
May 18, 2012
Tom Lewis went through despite losing to Ian Poulter © Getty Images

Defending champion Ian Poulter made it through to the knockout stages of the Volvo World Match Play Championship without playing a shot on Friday morning, after Tom Lewis defeated John Senden.

Poulter beat Senden on Thursday thanks to a steady performance and, with Lewis also beating the Australian, both men were assured a place in the last 16.

It was a difficult match for Lewis, who had to hold his nerve at the 18th to secure a 1-up victory having reached the turn three-up on his more experienced opponent.

Senden fought back on the back nine to bring the game back to all-square after 14, but threw away that hard-earned parity with a bogey at the next. Lewis then won the 16th with a birdie to leave him dormie and guarantee Poulter's spot in the knockout stages - before confirming his own berth despite losing the 17 to set up a nervy conclusion.

Poulter and Lewis played each other later on Friday, Poulter triumphing 4&3 after winning four of the holes between ten and 14.

Paul Lawrie is also into the last 16, after he followed up an opening win against Peter Hanson with a half against Camilo Villegas. Villegas also secured his passage through by beating Hanson 6&4 later in the day.

Richard Finch surprisingly eliminated 2010 US PGA Championship winner Martin Kaymer, triumphing 1-up to finish second in his group, behind Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Sergio Garcia ended the group stage with a 100% record after beating Tetsuji Hiratsuka 4&2 - a triumph that allowed countryman Alvaro Quiros to follow him through.

Graeme McDowell and Robert Karlsson also live to fight another day, McDowell ploughing on with a perfect record and Karlsson after overcoming Jbe Kruger in a play-off.

Brandt Snedeker, Branden Grace and Thomas Bjorn were involved in a three-way play-off, from which Grace was the man to fall out of the tournament.

In the all-British group, Justin Rose trounced Darren Clarke 6&4 to progress alongside Robert Rock.

Retief Goosen and Nicolas Colsaerts are through, at the expense of 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel.

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