KAVARNA, Bulgaria — Graeme McDowell reached the semifinals of the World Match Play Championship after knocking out defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts, whose day include the bizarre moment of taking a penalty drop inside a restroom.
McDowell rallied from an early deficit to win 2 and 1 on the oceanside Thracian Cliffs course and will next face Branden Grace, who beat Chris Wood 2 and 1. The other semifinal will pit Thomas Aiken against Thongchai Jaidee.
Colsaerts had the most memorable moment of the day when his tee shot on the short par-4 10th hole flew into a hazard behind a public restroom in a brick building close to the green. Because of where the ball had crossed the hazard line, tournament officials ruled that the penalty drop must be made within the restroom itself, leading to a comical moment that had Colsaerts, his caddie and rules officials all laughing.
“I ain’t hitting it out of the loo,” Colsaerts joked.
He didn’t have to. Since it was considered an immovable obstruction he was given free relief to play from outside, and he saved par.
Grace sealed his win with over Wood with birdies at Nos. 16 and 17, while Jaidee defeated Scott Jamieson, a former Augusta State golfer, 4 and 3 and Aiken ousted Francesco Molinari 3 and 2.
EUROPEAN TOUR: In Santo Antonio da Serra, Portugal, Mark Tullo shot 4-under-par 68 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round of the Madeira Islands Open.
Tullo birdied four of his last eight holes on the Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra course for a 12-under total of 204.
Overnight leader Craig Lee and Peter Uihlein are tied for second, while Jarmo Sandelin and Morten Oerum Madsen are another three shots back.
LPGA TOUR: In Mobile, Ala., Chella Choi shot her second consecutive 6-under-par 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Jessica Korda and Anna Nordqvist, the Swede who broke the course record with 61 in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.
Choi twice made three consecutive birdies to move to 17-under, and has made only two bogeys in three rounds on The Crossings course at Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.
WEB.COM TOUR: Mark Anderson shot 7-under-par 64 at Thornblade Club to take a one-stroke lead at the BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Anderson, a former South Carolina standout, is at 21-under 194 in the event, which is being played at three different courses in the South Carolina upstate.
Aiken’s Kevin Kisner shot 69 at Greenville Country Club and is tied for sixth at 200. Stephen Poole shot 67 at Thornblade and is tied for 60th. Augusta’s Scott Parel, who shot 73 at Greenville, and Aiken native Matt Hendrix, who had 67 at Thornblade, missed the cut.