Poulter puts Westwood out of World Match Play

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LEE Westwood exited the Volvo World Match Play Championship at the last 16 stage today.

Worksop’s world number one lost by a single hole to Ian Poulter, after coming back from two down.

The 38-year-old made seven birdies in his round and having squared the match, hit a cracking tee shot to the 17th green - only for his Ryder Cup team-mate’s shot to roll to within two feet of the hole from the fringe.

Poulter holed the birdie putt to go one up, and both players birdied the last to send Westwood out of the competition.

Westwood said after: “He didn’t hit a great shot at 17. He wasn’t aiming at the left fringe and it comes down to two-foot. You have those days.”

“You know he’s not going to hit it great, but he’s going to make a lot of putts and get up and down from everywhere.”

“I didn’t make any putts, he did and he had a couple more breaks than me. That’s the frustrating thing about match play and especially 18-hole match play - sometimes it’s not reflective of how the players are playing.”