CASARES, Spain – Top-seeded Martin Kaymer was eliminated from the World Match Play Championship by the lowest-ranked player in the field on Friday, losing by 1 hole to Richard Finch.
The No. 9-ranked German needed to make a 3-foot putt to halve the match and force a playoff against the No. 218-ranked Finch, but it horseshoed out.
Kaymer, who won the 2010 U.S. PGA Championship, started the year at No. 4 but hasn't won an event this year. He joins Darren Clarke and Charl Schwartzel as major winners who failed to make the weekend.
Defending champion Ian Poulter looks the man to beat after overwhelming Tom Lewis 4 and 3 to extend his unbeaten match-play record on European soil to 14 contests.