McDowell loses out in Match Play final

Published Sunday, 20 May 2012
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Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell has missed out on the chance to be crowned World Match Play Champion after losing by a single hole to Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium in Sunday's final in Andalucia.

McDowell loses out in Match Play final
Nicolas Colsaerts of Belgium is congratulated by Graeme McDowell (© Getty)

The Portrush man earned his place in the final with a two-hole victory over Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello, but it was Colsaerts who controlled proceedings during the final round.

After halving the first two holes, Colsaerts went one ahead with a superb eagle at the par-5 third.

McDowell clawed the deficit back at the fourth, only to see his opponent retake the lead with a birdie at the sixth.

Both players traded holes, but Colsaerts made the crucial breakthrough at holes 11 and 13, establishing a two hole lead.

McDowell won two of the next four holes - with both men halving the 15th - to set up a grandstand finish.

However, the former US Open Champion could not better Colsaerts' score at the 18th with both players closing out the round with a level-par 5, allowing the Belgian to take the title.

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