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McDowell progresses to final of World Match Play Championship

The Northern Irishman was taken to the last hole by Spain’s Rafael Cabrera-Bello.

Image: Sergio Torres/AP/Press Association Images

GRAEME McDOWELL NARROWLY beat Rafael Cabrera-Bello to reach the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Finca Cortesin in Spain.

The Northern Irishman will face Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts for the title.

McDowell won three of his first four holes against Cabrera-Bello but he was taken to the last hole before winning, as in his quarter-final against Sergio Garcia.

There was a one-hour lightning delay on the course, before Cabrera-Bello birdied the 16th to be only one behind.

However, the Spanish player ran up a six at the 18th and lost by two holes.

“I just need my putting boots on,” McDowell said before the final, which began 20 minutes later.

“I’ve simply not putted well enough. I didn’t want to see the 18th again, but I did.”

In the other semi-final, Colsaerts recovered from four holes down to beat Scotland’s Paul Lawrie.

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