One for the Records at Wentworth


2004 HBSC World Match Play ChampionshipSURREY, England -- Retief Goosen posted a record-setting win over Jeff Maggert on Thursday at the HSBC World Match Play Championship.
The start of the round was delayed 2 1/2 hours due to heavy overnight rain. More rain throughout the round slowed play and the action was eventually finished Friday morning.
Goosen was 7 under through the first 18 holes of the match and led 10-up after the first 18 holes en route to a 12 and 11 win. That is the largest margin of victory in event history. The previous mark was set by Mark O'Meara, who defeated Vijay Singh, 11 and 10, in 1998.
Maggert, who bogeyed five of the first seven holes of the match, managed two birdies on the second 18, but it was not nearly enough.
Goosen, the reigning U.S. Open Champion, was 5-up through seven due to Maggert's struggles. Another bogey by Maggert at the ninth and a Goosen birdie on 10 extended the South Africans lead to 7-up.
Goosen birdied three of the final four holes of the first 18 of the 36-hole match on the West Course at the Wentworth Club to stretch his lead to 10-up. Goosen tallied four more birdies over the first seven holes of the second 18 holes to secure the win.
'I birdied the second hole and went 1-up. Then I really played sort of solid from there,' Goosen said. 'I putted really well for a change. I've been struggling with my putting the last few weeks.'
World No. 1 Vijay Singh was ousted by European Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer in the only match to go extra holes.
Coming out Friday morning, Singh trailed 2-down through 26 holes and 3-down through 32 holes before a furious rally down the stretch to get the match to all even by the 35th hole. They both parred the 36th hole before Langer stopped the top-seeded Singh on the first extra hole.
Prior to play being halted for the night, Langer grabbed an early 1-up lead when Singh bogeyed the second hole. The Fijian evened the match at five, but Langer birdied six to regain the lead. Singh later birdied the 17th to square the match.
Singh grabbed his first lead when Langer bogeyed the 19th hole. The German birdied the next to square the match. Langer, a two-time runner-up at this event, birdied Nos. 23 and 25, while Singh bogeyed the 24th hole to give Langer a 3-up lead. Langer bogeyed the 26th hole as his lead fell to 2-up.
World No. Ernie Els fared better than Singh as he disposed of Scott Drummond 2 and 1.
Els stumbled to a bogey at the first to fall 1-down. He slipped to 2-down on four separate occasions, but continued to fight back. He birdied the par-5 18th to head to the second 18 trailing 1-down.
Els, a five-time winner of this event, birdied the 20th and 21st to claim his first lead at 1-up. Drummond and Els matched eagles on the 22nd hole, but the South African's lead grew to 3-up when he birdied the 26th hole and Drummond bogeyed the next.
Drummond got back within 2-down with a birdie on the 29th hole. He bogeyed the 31st, but Els dropped a shot at the 33rd hole to drop his lead to 2-up. He finally closed out Drummond 2 and 1.
The remainder of the 36-hole matches that were suspended Thurday were completed early Friday morning.
Angel Cabrera defeated K.J. Choi 1-up despite losing a 3-up lead through 25 holes. A pair of Ryder Cuppers, Chris Riley and Padraig Harrington, battled it out before Riley succumbed to the Irishman 2 and 1.
Harrington led 1-up through 10 holes before Riley fought back to square the match. The Irishman eagled the 17th to head to the second 18 1-up.
Riley squared the match with a birdie at the 23rd hole and took the lead when Harrington bogeyed the next. Harrington evened the match at the 26th and regained the lead with a birdie at the 28th. Riley again squared the match with a birdie on No. 31 and they halved the next hole before play was halted Thursday.
Frenchman Thomas Levet topped Canadian Mike Weir 2 and 1and Lee Westwood beat Britsh Open champion Todd Hamilton 4 and 3.
Hamilton and Westwood were all square for 13 of the first 16 holes of their match. The Englishman eagled the 17th to lead 1-up. Hamilton squared the match at 19, but fell 2-down after a bogey and a Westwood birdie. Hamilton squared the match at the 25th, but Westwood then won three straight from the 27th to take a 3-up lead with seven holes to go.
Steve Flesch and four-time winner this season Miguel Angel Jimenez were all square through 26 holes before Jimenez came Friday morning and won 3 and 2.
Jimenez was 3-up through five, but Flesch cut it to 2-down through 18 when he birdied the 18th. The Spaniard's lead fell to 1-up through 21 after a bogey. Flesch squared the match with a birdie on the 23rd hole.
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