Patrick Reed gained revenge over Jamie Donaldson for his defeat at the Ryder Cup by defeating him at the World Match-Play Championship here at London Golf Club.
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Patrick who was the top scorer for the United States at Gleneagles, beat Jamie 3 and 2 in the final round of group matches at London Golf Club and advanced to Saturday’s quarter-finals.
Patrick enjoyed this win, after losing in the first round to Jonas Blixt;
“It feels good. The first round felt like I didn’t make any putts. When you lose the first one, you know your back is up against the wall and you have to win going out.
“To be able to play very solidly the last two rounds, especially late in the day, I made a lot of putts and today I made a lot of clutch and solid putts, which is key to match play.”
Paul Casey and Jonas Blixt battled brilliantly and ended up all square after they both carded rounds of -10 under par 62s. Paul then found water on the first extra hole and crashed out of the tournament.
Jonas was very complementary about Paul’s play;
“Paul played great, especially on the back nine. He definitely put a lot of pressure on me and snuck away with a couple holes. I snuck away with a couple holes, as well.
“It was just a great match. I talked to my caddie about it and we were like, this is how we want to play a golf match.”
Victor Dubuisson was the only player already through to the quarters after winning his first two matches, he lost this dead rubber to Steve Gallacher 2 and 1.
Defending champion Graeme McDowell was eliminated when he lost to Joost Luiten, Joost was 2 up.
Graeme was unhappy at having to go home and not be able to defend his title over the week-end;
“I’m very disappointed of course by my defence but there’s quality golf out there. The golf course is set up to be ripped apart and unless you’re shooting 64, 65, you’re going home.”
Mikko Ilonen defeated Alexander Levy 1 up, while Henrik Stenson defeated Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1.
Henrik was helped in his win by holing out from the 17th fairway;
“I felt like if I can stick my lob wedge in there a little bit past and try to spin it back, and came out with a nice flight and knew it was going to be pretty good but , it was a bonus that it went in the hole and spectacular way to finish.”
George Coetzee advanced to the final stages despite losing his match 2 and 1 to Francesco Molinari.
MCCORMACK Jamie DONALDSON lost 3&2 to Patrick REED
MCCORMACK Jonas BLIXT Match Halved Paul CASEY
GABRIELSSON Victor DUBUISSON lost 2&1 to Stephen GALLACHER
GABRIELSSON Shane LOWRY lost 2&1 to Pablo LARRAZÁBAL
LARSON Graeme MCDOWELL lost 2 down to Joost LUITEN
LARSON Mikko ILONEN won 1 up over Alexander LEVY
PALMER Henrik STENSON won 2&1 over Thongchai JAIDEE
PALMER Francesco MOLINARI won 2&1 over George COETZEE
The quarter-final line-up has Coetzee against Reed, Dubuisson versus Ilonen, Luiten against Larrazábal and Stenson versus Blixt in a Swedish showdown.