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Archive for Saturday, September 16, 2006

Micheel rolls at Match Play

Montgomerie, Karlsson, Casey advance

September 16, 2006

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— Shaun Micheel figured he would join his wife at Newbury for the horse races on Friday, but those plans were scrapped when he knocked out Tiger Woods in Thursday's first round of the World Match Play Championship.

Still riding high at Wentworth, he looked like a thoroughbred against Luke Donald.

Micheel made six birdies in the first 12 holes Friday and buried Donald with his best golf of the week, holding on for a 4-and-2 victory that sent him into the semifinals with three Ryder Cup players from Europe.

"When you beat the No. 1 player in the world - and I beat him - I'm just beaming with confidence right now," Micheel said.

Colin Montgomerie went 36 holes for the second straight day, beating top seed and defending champion Michael Campbell on the final hole.

In the other two quarterfinal matches, Robert Karlsson of Sweden defeated Angel Cabrera of Argentina, 4 and 3; and Paul Casey of England beat Mike Weir of Canada, 5 and 3.

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