Luiten eases through to semi-finals

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Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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Holland’s Joost Luiten maintained his 100 per cent record as he cruised into the semi-finals of the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Saturday.

Luiten was the only player to win all three of his group matches en route to the quarter-finals and was equally impressive in recording the largest winning margin of the week by thrashing Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal 6&5.

The 28-year-old, who was considered for a Ryder Cup wild card by European captain Paul McGinley, was gifted the opening hole when Larrazabal found water with his approach to the par five, and then won the second, fifth, sixth and seventh to move five up.

Luiten moved further ahead with a birdie on the 11th and even when Larrazabal recorded just his second birdie of the day on the 12th, Luiten followed him in from 20 feet for a half before closing out the match on the next.

Luiten will face either Victor Dubuisson or Mikko Ilonen in the last four, Ilonen being one up on Ryder Cup star Dubuisson with four holes to play.

And Dubuisson’s Gleneagles team-mate Henrik Stenson looked on course to claim a place in the semi-finals as he built a three-hole lead against fellow Swede Jonas Blixt, who was 10 under par in beating Paul Casey on Friday but looked completely out of sorts today.

Stenson could face a Ryder Cup rematch against Patrick Reed in the last four, although the American was one down to George Coetzee with three holes to play.

Published: Saturday 18th October 2014 by The News Editor

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