Woosnam Advances Into Semifinals

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Four players advanced into the semifinals Friday at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, site of the Cisco World Match Play Championship.
 
The following are results from Day 2:
 
Ian Woosnam def. Colin Montgomerie, 4-and-3:
 
Ian Woosnam continued to surprise many with his sensational play on Friday, as the 43-year-old Welshman and two-time winner of this event (87 and 90) defeated Wentworth-veteran Colin Montgomerie 4-and-3.
 
Woosnam took control of the match early, going 3-up through the first 18 holes thanks to a round of 7-under 65.
 
He then continued his solid golf over the closing stretch of holes, never letting Montgomerie get within two holes of his pace, and closed out the match with par-4 at the 33rd (No. 15).
 
Woosie showed the same kind of game that has propelled him to a 4-and-3 victory over U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen on Thursday, as well as three top-4s this season in Europe, including a tie for third at the British Open.
 
For Montgomerie, Fridays loss marks the second consecutive year in which he has not won at Wentworth after an astounding stretch of three victories in a row dating back to the 99 Volvo PGA Championship.
 
He had received a by in the opening round.
 

Padraig Harrington def. Darren Clarke, 5-and-4:
 
Padraig Harrington took another resounding win Friday, beating Darren Clarke 5-and-4.
 
Two-up through the first 21 holes, Harrington caught fire, winning the 22nd, the 24th, 25th, and 26th to move to 6-up.
 
Clarke ' who also had a by in the opening round ' got two holes back through the 29th, but Harrington birdied the par-5 12th and then parred Nos. 13 and 14 to effectively close out the match.
 
The Irishmans big win came on the heels of a dominating win over Nick Faldo on Thursday, when he beat the six-time major champion 9-and-8.
 
He is scheduled to play Sam Torrance on Saturday.
 
Lee Westwood def. Thomas Bjorn, 1-up:
 
Defending champion Lee Westwood won two of his last four holes, including the closing par-5 18th, to edge Thomas Bjorn 1-up.
 
Bjorn had led the match throughout and was 1-up over Westwood through the 32nd hole of the day, but watched as the Englishman and last years Order of Merit champion eagled the par-5 15th and birdied No. 18 to finish in style.
 
Westwoods win last year at this event was one of five other triumphs on the season, but he has been virtually invisible in 2001, with just three top-10s in 16 events, none of which have come by way of victory.
 
He will next square off against Woosnam in his attempt to successfully defend.
 
Sam Torrance def. Vijay Singh, 1-up:
 
In the longest and perhaps most thrilling match of the afternoon, 48-year-old Sam Torrance came back with a final flury to defeat Fijian Vijay Singh 1-up on Friday.
 
Torrance birdied the 34th and 35th holes to move one-ahead of Singh, and then closed with a par at the last to stay in the running for his first-ever title at the World Match Play Championship.
 
The Ryder Cup captain for 2002 might not even have been in the field this week, but got the invite when Canadian Mike Weir withdrew.
 
His resounding win against Singh ' this events champion in 97 ' came after handing five-time winner Seve Ballesteros a defeat on Thursday.
 
Next on his list of challengers is Harrington.
 
Click Here for Scores from Thursday's First Round at the Cisco World Match Play Championship.
 
Saturdays scheduled semifinal matches from the Cisco World Match Play Championship:
 
Padraig Harrington vs. Sam Torrance
 
Ian Woosnam vs. Lee Westwood