Harrington and Others Advance at Wentworth


Day One concluded Thursday at the venerable Cisco World Match Play Championship at Wentworth, with four players of the 12-man field eliminated entering the quarterfinals.
The opening-round matches concluded as follows:
Pardraig Harrington def. Nick Faldo, 9-and-8:
In an early route, Padraig Harrington disposed handily of Nick Faldo, 9-and-8.
Faldo, winner of this event in 1989 and 1992, stood virtually no chance, as Harrington plunked iron shot after iron shot close to the pins, shot 63, and took a 6-up lead through the opening 18 holes.
A late eagle and birdie saw the Irishman move to 8-up, and he closed out the match with par at the par-3 10th.
Harrington will now face Darren Clarke in Fridays second day of matches.
As for Faldo, his loss marked his worst-ever in the championships history. The six-time major winner lost by a score of 5-and-3 on two occasions, to Ben Crenshaw in 81 and to Nick Price in 91.
Thomas Bjorn def. Adam Scott, 4-and-3:
Thomas Bjorn relied on experience to oust young Australian Adam Scott 4-and-3 in their opening round match.
Bjorn was ahead of Scott by up to as many as five strokes in the early stages of the first 18 holes, but watched as the youngster rallied to get within two at the break.
However, it was ultimately short-lived, as the Dane - and winner of this years Dubai Desert Classic - closed out the match at the 15th.
Bjorn will have the chance to knock off the defending champion Lee Westwood on Friday.
Ian Woosnam def. Retief Goosen, 4-and-3:
In a bit of a shocker, Welshman Ian Woosnam got the better of reigning United States Open champion Retief Goosen 4-and-3 on Thursday.
Woosnam showed the form that took him to World Match Play trophies in 87 and 90, shooting a 7-under 65 over his opening 18 holes, and moving to 4-up over Goosen at that point.
He effectively closed the match with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-3 14th, and then sealed it up with a par at No. 15.
Sam Torrance def. Seve Ballesteros, 3-and-2:
In the longest match of the day, Sam Torrance birdied the 34th hole (the par-4 16th) to end his battle over Seve Ballesteros 3-and-2.
Torrance, who is playing this week as a replacement for American John Daly, will now square off against two-time major champion Vijay Singh on Friday.
His victory on Day 1 came against five-time champion Ballesteros, who was also a late addition to this years event, replacing Canadian Mike Weir.
Ballesteros, who has missed the cut 14 times in 16 events this season in Europe, won this event in 81, 82, 84, 85 and 91.
Torrance would have been fresh off a captaincy at the 34th Ryder Cup Matches had it not been for the recent terrorist attacks on the United States. Now, he finds himself searching for his first title in this venue at Wentworth.
Click Here for Scores from Thursday's First Round at the Cisco World Match Play Championship.
Fridays scheduled quarterfinal matches from the Cisco World Match Play Championship:
Padraig Harrington vs. Darren Clarke
Thomas Bjorn vs. Lee Westwood
Ian Woosnam vs. Colin Montgomerie
Sam Torrance vs. Vijay Singh