Casares - All five English golfers including
titleholder Ian Poulter were eliminated at the World Match Play
Championship on Saturday.
Poulter had gone eight games
unbeaten in the prestigious tournament but found Spain's Alvaro Quiros
in imperious form, going down 4&3, while compatriot and second seed
Justin Rose having humbled Open winner Darren Clarke on Friday was
hammered 4&3 by Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts.
Poulter refused to blame his defeat on having had his foot run over by a golf buggy earlier in the week.
"I don't need excuses," said Poulter.
"I had plenty of chances and didn't take them - simple. I just didn't play good enough."
Quiros and Colsaerts in the quarter-finals later on Saturday are
Northern Ireland's former US Open champion Graeme McDowell, who has a
mouthwatering clash with dashing Spaniard Sergio Garcia, after beating
unheralded Englishman Richard Finch.
Scotland's rejuvenated 1999
Open champion Paul Lawrie, who looks set for a return to the European
Ryder Cup team this year after a 13 year hiatus, strolled to an
impressive 5&4 thrashing of veteran Dane Thomas Bjorn.
He will play South African star Retief Goosen - who beat England's Robert Rock - for a place in the semi-finals.
who has like Lawrie shown a return to a semblance of the form that had
him up at the top of the world elite until suffering a slide in form
three years ago, beat promising English youngster Tom Lewis, winner of
his maiden EPGA title in only his third tournament last year's Portugal
World Match-Play Championship scores on Saturday:
Retief Goosen (RSA) bt Robert Rock (ENG) 3 & 2
Brandt Snedeker (USA) bt Camilo Villegas (COL) 3 & 2
Nicolas Colsaerts (BEL) bt Justin Rose (ENG) 4 & 3
Alvaro Quiros (ESP) bt Ian Poulter (ENG) 4 & 3
Graeme McDowell (NIR) bt Richard Finch (ENG) 3 & 2
Sergio Garcia (ESP) bt Tom Lewis (ENG) 4 & 3
Paul Lawrie (SCO) bt Thomas Bjorn (DEN) 5 & 4
Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP) bt Robert Karlsson (SWE) 1 up