McDowell beats Colsaerts to make Volvo semis


KAVARNA, Bulgaria – Graeme McDowell reached the semifinals of the World Match Play Championship after knocking out defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts, whose day included the bizarre moment of taking a penalty drop inside a restroom.

McDowell won 2 and 1 on the Thracian Cliffs course and will next face Branden Grace of South Africa, who beat Chris Wood of England 2 and 1. The other semifinal will pit Thomas Aiken of South Africa against Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee.

Colsaerts had the most memorable moment when his tee shot on the 10th hole flew into a hazard behind a small public restroom close to the green. Tournament officials ruled that Colsaerts had to take a penalty drop within the restroom itself, but since it was considered an immovable obstruction, he was then given free relief to play from outside. He ended up saving par and halving the hole.