Saturday, October 31, 2009

All square in both Volvo world match-play

ties after morning 18 holes

It was all square at lunchtime in both of the 36-hole semi-finals of the Volvo world match-play championship in southern Spain today.
England's Ross Fisher won three of the last five morning holes to end the first 18 holes on level pegging with and Argentina's Angel Cabrera.
Anthony Kim (United States) went round in approximately three-under-par 69 to his Australian opponent Robert Allenby's 70 for their all square after 18 holes position.
Kim had been two down by the seventh.
Cabrera turned one-up and tripled his advantage when Fisher bogeyed the short 12th and he pitched to six feet at the 13th.
Fisher made a 12-footer on the 14th and the Argentinian paid for following his opponent into a bunker at the 15th as Fisher was the one to get up and down.
Then Fisher took the par 5 last with a birdie and although he was round in 72 to Cabrera's 70 they were all square.
The quartet were playing for high stakes. Reaching the final guarantees the beaten finalist €450,000, with the winner taking home €750,000, while third place is worth €250,000 and fourth €200,000.
Cabrera was runner-up to Ernie Els the last time the event was played two years ago - like all previous editions that was at Wentworth - and owed his place in this week's event to Els opting for the Singapore Open instead.
Allenby got in only because Geoff Ogilvy and Vijay Singh declined spots, while seven Americans turned it down to give Kim his chance.
If the truth be know, most tour pros don't like to expose themselves to the vagaries of match-play.



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