Comeback sees Fisher into knockout stage in Spain

Defending champion Ross Fisher staged a remarkable fightback to make the last 16 of the Volvo World Match Play at Finca Cortesin in Spain today.

Defending champion Ross Fisher staged a remarkable fightback to make the last 16 of the Volvo World Match Play at Finca Cortesin in Spain today.

Four down after seven holes to American Ryan Moore, the Ryder Cup player still trailed by three with four to go, but won them all.

Because Moore had already been beaten by Luke Donald on the opening day of group games, Donald and Fisher were certain to go through to the knockout stage even before they faced each other this afternoon.

Moore followed Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, fellow South African Retief Goosen, Dane Anders Hansen and Korean YE Yang in crashing out of the championship.

Oosthuizen's defeat to Venezuelan Jhonattan Vegas, also on the last green, meant Vegas and Graeme McDowell were through.

Goosen was beaten by Nicolas Colsaerts - again at the 18th - and because of that the young Belgian and Rory McIlroy were certain to progress.

Then, when Australian Aaron Baddeley defeated Hansen on the final hole as well, Baddeley and world number one Lee Westwood were also definitely through.

Only three of the eight groups had still to be decided.

Ian Poulter halved with Scot Paul Lawrie just as he had done with Francesco Molinari. As long as there was a winner in the afternoon clash between Lawrie and the Italian, Poulter - who missed a 10-footer for the match on the last - was through.

Spain's Alvaro Quiros had his second victory, following up his win over Paul Casey with another over Dane Soren Kjeldsen. He was into the last 16 therefore, leaving Casey and Kjeldsen fighting it out to join him.

Meanwhile, there could yet be a three-man play-off in the other group after Miguel Angel Jimenez, conqueror of Masters champion Charl Schwartzel yesterday, lost to Swede Johan Edfors.

If Edfors beat Schwartzel then Jimenez was through, but if the South African beat Edfors the trio would be level on points.

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