Top-seeded Martin Kaymer falls in match play

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CASARES, Spain — Top-seeded Martin Kaymer was eliminated from the World Match Play Championship by the lowest-ranked player in the field on Friday, losing by 1 hole to Richard Finch.

The No. 9-ranked German needed to make a 3-foot putt to halve the match and force a playoff against the No. 218-ranked Finch, but it horseshoed out.

Kaymer, who won the 2010 U.S. PGA Championship, started the year at No. 4 but hasn’t won an event this year.

He joins Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel as major winners who failed to make the weekend.

Defending champion Ian Poulter looked strong after overwhelming Tom Lewis 4 and 3 and extending his unbeaten match-play record on European soil to 14 contests.

Brandt Snedeker was reunited with his own clubs Friday for his head-to-head with Branden Grace.

He won his first match with borrowed clubs, a putter from the pro shop and a player’s backup driver after his clubs were lost because of an emergency landing Monday during his flight to Spain after a passenger had a heart attack.

It didn’t help Snedeker, who lost 4 and 3, but he emerged from a three-way playoff with Grace and Thomas Bjorn to set up a last-16 match with Camilo Villegas. Bjorn beat Grace on the next playoff hole and will take on Paul Lawrie next.

LPGA TOUR: In Gladstone, N.J., Stacy Lewis is a step closer to her second consecutive victory on the LPGA Tour.

She won the first four holes and beat Sandra Gal 4 and 3 in the second round of the Sybase Match Play Championship.

Cristie Kerr, the No. 5 ranked player, lost Friday.

NATIONWIDE TOUR: In Greer, S.C., Cameron Percy shot 9-under-par 62 to take a one-shot lead after two rounds of the BMW Charity Pro-Am. He’s at 13-under 130.

Augusta’s Scott Parel is tied for 17th place at 137 after 69. Aiken native Matt Hendrix is tied for 124th place at 145 after 71. The cut will be made after today’s third round.


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