• Volvo World Match Play Championship

Poulter faces Jaidee and Aiken test

ESPN staff
May 14, 2013
Ian Poulter is bidding to add to his fine Match Play record © Getty Images

Ian Poulter has been placed alongside Thongchai Jaidee and Thomas Aiken in opening round of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

The European Tour will take in a new venue this week, with Bulgaria's stunning Thracian Cliffs Golf and Beach Resort playing host to a 24-man field.

The players are split into eight groups of three for the opening round-robin matches which will take place on Thursday and Friday before Saturday's knockout round and the semi-finals and final on Sunday.

Defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts will take on Branden Grace and Kiradech Aphibarnrat in the opening round, while pre-event favourite Graeme McDowell will have to overcome Chris Wood and Stephen Gallacher in the Seve Ballesteros Group.

Volvo World Match Play Championship draw:
Mark McCormack Group: Thorbjorn Olesen, Carl Pettersson, Scott Jamieson
Gary Player Group: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Jamie Donaldson, Brett Rumford
Greg Norman Group: Henrik Senson, Francesco Molinari, Felipe Aguilar
Ian Woosnam Group: Branden Grace, Nicolas Colsaerts, Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Gustaf Larson Group: Bo van Pelt, Richard Sterne, Geoff Ogilvy
Arnold Palmer Group: Peter Hanson, George Coetzee, Shane Lowry
Assar Gabrielsson Group: Ian Poulter, Thongchai Jaidee, Thomas Aiken
Seve Ballesteros Group: Graeme McDowell, Chris Wood, Stephen Gallacher

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