Ian Poulter, Nicolas Colsaerts upset in World Match Play

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Lexi Thompson had eight birdies en route to 65 and a share of the lead with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.  BILL STARLING/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Lexi Thompson had eight birdies en route to 65 and a share of the lead with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

KAVARNA, Bulgaria — Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts were unexpected losers Thursday on the first day of the World Match Play Championship.

Poulter was handed a 3 and 2 defeat by Thongchai Jaidee on the Gary Player-designed Thracian Cliffs course in the first major tournament held in Bulgaria.

Colsaerts, the defending champion, was never in front against Branden Grace, losing 4 and 3.

Graeme McDowell – the highest ranked player in the field at No. 8 – defeated Chris Wood 5 and 3.

LPGA TOUR: In Mobile, Ala., Lexi Thompson birdied four of her last five holes for 7-under-par 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.

The 18-year-old Thomp­son, second last year behind Stacy Lewis, had eight birdies and a bogey on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex.

Ji, the 2009 U.S. Women’s Open champion, had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front nine in her bogey-free round.

The second-ranked Lewis opened with a 70.

EUROPEAN TOUR: In Santo Antonio Da Serra, Madeira Islands, Lloyd Saltman shot 8-under-par 64 to match his best round and take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Madeira Islands Open.

Saltman finished with nine birdies and a bogey in windy conditions. Richard Bland is second.

WEB.COM TOUR: Former Georgia star Hudson Swaf­ford and ex-South Carolina standout Mark Anderson shot 9-under-par 63s on the Lake Keowee course and are tied for the lead with Zack Miller and Franklin Corpening after the first round of the BMW Charity Pro-Am.

The tournament is being played on three courses in the South Carolina upstate.

Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 5-under 66 at Thornblade Club, while Aiken’s Stephen Poole had 5-under 67 at Lake Keowee. Aiken’s Kevin Kisner shot 4-under 67 at Thornblade and Aiken native Matt Hendrix had 2-over 74 at Lake Keowee.


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