World No. 1 Lee Westwood handed out a six-and-five mauling to Denmark’s Anders Hansen on the opening day of the Volvo World Match Play Championship on Thursday.
The 38-year-old Englishman carded six birdies in eight holes from the fourth to leave Hansen trailing and he was delighted to have completed his day’s work on the 13th.
“The less holes you can play are obviously to pay dividends down the road and down the tournament,” Westwood said.
Compatriot Luke Donald, the world No. 2, was also in impressive form, defeating Ryan Moore of the US four-and-three.
Donald said he would like to take on Westwood in tomorrow’s final.
“I would love to play Lee,” Donald said. “There’s more satisfaction when you can take down the No. 1 player in the world.”
Elsewhere, Northern Irish pair Graeme McDowell, the US Open winner, and Rory McIlroy enjoyed opening wins.
McIlroy saw off Retief Goosen of South Africa by one hole by chipping in at the last, while McDowell defeated Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, also of South Africa, three-and-one.
The day’s other three winners were Kaymer, who overcame South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun two-and-one, and Spanish duo Alvaro Quiros and Miguel Angel Jimenez.
Quiros saw off Paul Casey six-and-five and veteran Jimenez overcame Masters champion Charl Schwartzel of South Africa by the same score.
The match between Ryder Cup teammates Ian Poulter and Francesco Molinari was halved, with the Englishman sinking a five-foot birdie putt on the last.
MADEIRA ISLANDS OPEN
AFP, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL
England’s Chris Gane mastered 50kph winds to card a five-under 67 for a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Madeira Islands Open on Thursday.
Gane edged out France’s Francois Delamontagne and Lloyd Saltman of Scotland.
Gane said he owed his success to compatriot Tom Whitehouse, who was two-over on Thursday.
“Golf’s a very bizarre game — I felt pretty low after the final round last week and I had about seven hours to kill before my flight, so I spoke to Tom Whitehouse and he agreed to have a look at me hitting a few balls,” the leader said. “He gave me a lesson for about 45 minutes and it’s changed everything.”