Flying Dutchman Luiten sends McDowell tumbling out

Fri Oct 17, 2014 12:53pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

ASH England (Reuters) - Graeme McDowell had his "heart ripped out" by Dutchman Joost Luiten on Friday as the title holder was sent crashing out of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at the London Club.

Luiten, who finished off the Northern Irishman with three birdies in the last four holes, made it three wins from three round-robin encounters to secure a quarter-final meeting with Spain's Pablo Larrazabal on Saturday.

World number five Henrik Stenson, the highest-ranked player in the field, also finished top of his group after easing past last year's runner-up Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand 2 & 1.

Top seed Stenson will face Jonas Blixt in the last eight after his fellow Swede halved a remarkable match with 2006 champion Paul Casey that featured 17 birdies and two eagles.

The other two quarter-finals will see Frenchman Victor Dubuisson taking on Mikko Ilonen of Finland and American Ryder Cup rookie Patrick Reed up against South African George Coetzee.

"It was a bit like yesterday against Coetzee, I ran into a guy on form," world number 18 McDowell told reporters after losing to Luiten by two holes.

"The putter abandoned me at the 11th hour ... and Joost just ripped my heart out on 15 with his birdie putt.

"I'm very disappointed by my title defense but there is quality golf being played out there. The course is set up to be ripped apart and unless you're shooting 64, 65, you're going home," said McDowell who was three-under for his round.   Continued...

Joost Luiten of the Netherlands hits a driver off the second tee during the third round of the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, August 9, 2014. REUTERS/John Sommers II