The Volvo World Match Play Championship May 18 2012

    Poulter sees off Lewis to top group

Ian Poulter (Getty Images)

Defending Champion  Ian Poulter recorded his second win in the Volvo Match Play Championship in Spain, but 21 year old Tom Lewis, the man he beat, is also through to the last 16. Ian won it  comfortably at 4 and 3 after they had made the turn at all square.The champion  Poulter now faces Alvaro Quiros, while Tom Lewis is also up against Spanish opposition in Sergio Garcia.

Alvaro Quiros will be a tough task according to Ian;

"I don't think either of us were 100 per cent switched on. I guess it was hard to get that adrenaline rush you normally get in match play. It's always nice to play well over the first couple of days, and I'll be going into the weekend with that mind set and rather than obviously playing okay. Sergio, or Alvaro, are both two tough matches. It's in Spain, they feel at home, they are going to have a lot of support and are both good players. Either one is going to be a tough match. I’ve driven the ball nicely and holed key putts at the right time, and that's obviously what I did last year throughout the weekend. I holed nice putts and hit good shots but I definitely holed putts at the right time, and that's obviously the key to playing well in match play.”

Sergio also wins his group, besides admitting he did not play his best;

 “I wasn't hitting the best of shots, but somehow I found a way of getting the ball in play and hitting a couple decent iron shots, gave myself good birdie chances on 11 and 12 and 15, and rolled a good putt in to get things going.  I obviously got a little bit fortunate because neither of my playing partners played great the first two days. I got on a good run today after starting poorly the first seven holes. Overall I think it was a mix of hitting a couple of good shots at the right times, and getting a little bit lucky. Throughout my career, I've been fairly good at match play. As a professional, maybe not as good but as an amateur I was usually pretty good. It's nice to get a couple of wins and hopefully we'll play well tomorrow and have a chance of winning again.”

Afternoon results;

PLAYER ENG Ian POULTER 4&3 Tom LEWIS ENG
McCORMACK USA Brandt SNEDEKER 4&3 Branden GRACE RSA
NORMAN SWE Peter HANSON 6&4 Camilo VILLEGAS COL
WOOSNAM ESP Sergio GARCIA 4&2 Tetsuji HIRATSUKA JPN
LARSON NIR Graeme MCDOWELL 4&3 Jbe KRUGER RSA
PALMER RSA Charl SCHWARTZEL 4&3 Retief GOOSEN RSA
GABRIELSSON ENG Justin ROSE 6&4 Darren CLARKE NIR
BALLESTEROS GER Martin KAYMER 1 Hole Richard FINCH ENG
A/S S Garcia 06:45 T Lewis A/S
A/S G McDowell 06:55 R Finch A/S
A/S P Lawrie 07:05 T Bjorn A/S
A/S R Goosen 07:15 R Rock A/S
A/S B Snedeker 07:25 C Villegas A/S
A/S J Rose 07:35 N Colsaerts A/S
A/S I Poulter 07:45 A Quiros A/S
A/S R Cabrera Bello 07:55 R Karlsson A
Last 16 matches are above.