• Volvo World Match Play Championship, Day Three

Poulter crashes out on bad day for English golfers

ESPN staff
May 19, 2012

Defending champion Ian Poulter crashed out of the World Match Play Championship in Spain with defeat to home favourite Alvaro Quiros as five Englishmen failed to reach the quarter-finals.

Poulter, widely regarded to be one of the world's best matchplay golfers, was in dominant form as he breezed through the group stages at Finca Cortesin, but bowed out to a 4&3 defeat to the big-hitting Spaniard.

Despite having five Englishmen in action in the last-16 stage, there will be no English interest in the quarter-finals after Justin Rose was swept aside 4&3 by Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts.

Robert Rock lost 3&2 to Retief Goosen while Richard Finch was beaten by the same scoreline by Graeme McDowell. McDowell will meet Sergio Garcia in an intriguing quarter-final match-up after the Spaniard saw off English youngster Tom Lewis 4&3.

Goosen will meet Scotland's Paul Lawrie who strolled past Thomas Bjorn 5&4, while Quiros will face compatriot Rafael Cabrera-Bello who claimed a narrow win over Robert Karlsson.

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