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Oct 18, 2014

Stenson battles past tenacious Blixt to reach semi-finals

ASH England (Reuters) – The apprentice made the sorcerer fight all the way before top seed Henrik Stenson scrambled a two-hole victory over fellow Swede Jonas Blixt at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Saturday.

World number five Stenson next meets George Coetzee in the semi-finals after the South African, a late replacement this week for the injured Thomas Bjorn, produced a faultless eight-birdie display to sink U.S. Ryder Cup rookie Patrick Reed 2 & 1.

Oct 18, 2014

Match Play organizers look to future after Volvo exit

ASH England (Reuters) – Organizers are confident there will be a 50th edition of the World Match Play Championship next year despite the withdrawal of tournament sponsors Volvo, they said on Saturday.

The Swedish carmaker, which has backed a variety of European Tour events for the last 26 years, recently announced it was drastically reducing its golfing commitments in the future.

Oct 17, 2014

Flying Dutchman Luiten sends McDowell tumbling out

ASH England (Reuters) – Graeme McDowell had his “heart ripped out” by Dutchman Joost Luiten on Friday as the title holder was sent crashing out of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at the London Club.

Luiten, who finished off the Northern Irishman with three birdies in the last four holes, made it three wins from three round-robin encounters to secure a quarter-final meeting with Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal on Saturday.

Oct 17, 2014

Ryder reversal as Reed sinks European hero Donaldson

ASH England (Reuters) – Europe may have got the better of the Americans at the Ryder Cup last month but the boot was on the other foot at the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Friday as Patrick Reed proved too strong for Jamie Donaldson.

The 24-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup rookie, who wowed the crowds at Gleneagles with his sizzling golf and noisy, patriotic fervour, began his round-robin contest with Donaldson like a man on a mission.

Oct 16, 2014

Interview: Pietersen may never play in England again – Jones

ASH England (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen may have played his last professional game of cricket in England, former international team mate Geraint Jones said on Thursday.

South African-born batsman Pietersen, sacked by England at the start of the year, caused a storm of controversy this month when he attacked the national cricket board and several former team mates in a book.

Oct 16, 2014

Pietersen may never play in England again – Jones

ASH England (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen may have played his last professional game of cricket in England, former international team mate Geraint Jones said on Thursday.

South African-born batsman Pietersen, sacked by England at the start of the year, caused a storm of controversy this month when he attacked the national cricket board and several former team mates in a book.

Oct 16, 2014

Cricket-Pietersen may never play in England again – Jones

ASH, England, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen may have played his last professional game of cricket in England, former international team mate Geraint Jones said on Thursday.

South African-born batsman Pietersen, sacked by England at the start of the year, caused a storm of controversy this month when he attacked the national cricket board and several former team mates in a book.

Oct 16, 2014

Inspired Stenson and Larrazabal light up London Club

ASH England (Reuters) – Henrik Stenson produced an inspired burst of scoring to earn his first victory at this week’s World Match Play Championship while Pablo Larrazabal won after staging a Houdini-like recovery on Thursday.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell suffered his first defeat as he went down 2 & 1 to Finn Mikko Ilonen in a sizzling encounter featuring 12 birdies.

Oct 16, 2014

Golf-Tour official in bullish mood after Volvo pullout

ASH England (Reuters) – A leading European Tour official has brushed aside Volvo’s decision to drastically reduce its sponsorship of tournaments and is predicting a full calendar of events on next year’s schedule.

The Swedish carmaker has supported a variety of competitions for more than a quarter of a century, including this week’s World Match Play and the Golf Champions event in South Africa, but announced recently that the only tournament it would sponsor in 2015 would be the China Open.

Oct 15, 2014

No-man’s land is unwanted territory for Casey

ASH England (Reuters) – Britain’s Paul Casey, third in the world in 2009 before injuries and divorce sent him spiralling down the rankings, is looking at this week’s World Match Play Championship as a chance to get back in the top 50.

Casey, who is based in Phoenix, Arizona, slumped as low as 169th on the list before victory at the 2013 Irish Open sparked a revival.

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