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A good day gets better for McDowell, as he beats Garcia in Spain

Graeme McDowell is into the last four of the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

Image: Sergio Torres/AP/Press Association Images

GRAEME McDOWELL DEFEATED Sergio Garcia to book a semi-final with Rafael Cabrera-Bello at the Volvo World Match Play Championship.

McDowell and Spaniard Garcia could not be separated over 18 holes of their quarter-final at Finca Cortesin on Saturday, with the Northern Irishman eventually triumphing on the first playoff hole.

Cabrera-Bello meanwhile overcame fellow Spaniard Alvaro Quiros 3&1 to reach the last four of the European Tour event near Marbella.

Scotsman Paul Lawrie brushed aside two-time major champion Retief Goosen, defeating the South African 6&5.

He will meet Nicolas Colsaerts in the semi-finals following the Belgian’s 4&3 win over American Brandt Snedeker.

Earlier in the day, McDowell saw off Englishman Richard Finch 3&2 in the round of 16, while Cabrera-Bello edged Swede Robert Karlsson by one hole.

Colsaerts staged a minor upset when he accounted for Englishman Justin Rose 4&3, and Lawrie registered a heavy 5&4 win against Dane Thomas Bjorn.

Defending champion Ian Poulter of England bowed out following a 4&3 defeat to Quiros in the round of 16.

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