Volvo World Match Play Groups and initial matches

The groups and matches for the ‘round-robin’ stage of the 16-man Volvo World Match Play Championship are announced below with the players competing in an all new format at Finca Cortesin from the 29th October to 1st November.

Colin Montgomerie, the 2010 European Ryder Cup Captain commented, “Seeing the final draw totally justifies Volvo’s decision to change to the group format. There really are some tantalising match ups and it is going to be a thoroughly entertaining week for all the spectators. I am delighted that Volvo’s inaugural year partnering the World Match Play Championship has attracted such a world class field with their refreshed qualifying criteria. I am thoroughly looking forward to seeing how some of these intriguing match ups unfold. This will be very interesting viewing for me with my Ryder Cup hat on but as anyone who knows me will suspect, a big part of me will be wishing I was out there as one of the 16 qualified players!”

The 16-man field is grouped based on their seeding as determined by today’s Official World Golf Ranking. On Thursday and Friday each player will play their group members in a round robin format over full 18-hole matches with points awarded based upon a win, tie or loss. The leading player from each group will qualify for the semi-final knock out stage with aggregate number of holes won used to determine tied positions.

The winner of each group will qualify for the semi finals to be held on Saturday which, along with the final on Sunday, will be played over 36 holes in the traditional head-to-head match play format. The semi finals will be contested between the winner of Groups A & B  and C & D.

GRUPO A SEVE BALLESTEROS GRUPO B – MARK McCORMACK
Paul Casey

Retief Goosen

Anthony Kim

Scott Strange

Sergio Garcia

Martin Kaymer

Robert Allenby

Oliver Wilson

GRUPO C – GUSTAF LARSON GRUPO D – ASSAR GABRIELSSON
Henrik Stenson

Rory McIlroy

Angel Cabrera

Simon Dyson

Lee Westwood

Camilo Villegas

Ross Fisher

Jeev Milkha Singh

Matches and provisional times:

Thursday

0815

1 v 16

Paul CASEY

v

Scott STRANGE

0825

8 v 9

Retief GOOSEN

v

Anthony KIM

0835

4 v 13

Sergio GARCIA

v

Oliver WILSON

0845

5 v 12

Martin KAYMER

v

Robert ALLENBY

1235

3 v 14

Henrik STENSON

v

Simon DYSON

1245

6 v 11

Rory McILROY

v

Angel CABRERA

1255

2 v 15

Lee WESTWOOD

v

Jeev Milkha SINGH

1305

7 v 10

Camilo VILLEGAS

v

Ross FISHER

1325

1 v 9

Paul CASEY

v

Anthony KIM

1335

8 v 16

Retief GOOSEN

v

Scott STRANGE

1345

4 v 12

Sergio GARCIA

v

Robert ALLENBY

1355

5 v 13

Martin KAYMER

v

Oliver WILSON

Friday

0815

3 v 11

Henrik STENSON

v

Angel CABRERA

0825

6 v 14

Rory McILROY

v

Simon DYSON

0835

2 v 10

Lee WESTWOOD

v

Ross FISHER

0845

7 v 15

Camilo VILLEGAS

v

Jeev Milkha SINGH

1235

1 v 8

Paul CASEY

v

Retief GOOSEN

1245

9 v 16

Anthony KIM

v

Scott STRANGE

1255

4 v 5

Sergio GARCIA

v

Martin KAYMER

1305

12 v 13

Robert ALLENBY

v

Oliver WILSON

1325

3 v 6

Henrik STENSON

v

Rory McILROY

1335

11 v 14

Angel CABRERA

v

Simon DYSON

1345

2 v 7

Lee WESTWOOD

v

Camilo VILLEGAS

1355

10 v 15

Ross FISHER

v

Jeev Milkha SINGH