ASH, England — Joost Luiten extended his unbeaten run at the World Match Play Championship by easily defeating Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal 6 and 5 Saturday to move into the semifinals.
The Dutchman demoralized Larrazabal with seven birdies in overcast and wet conditions on the London Club course at Ash in Kent outside London, setting up a semifinal against Finland’s Mikko Ilonen.
In the other semifinal on Sunday, Henrik Stenson will take on George Coetzee of South Africa.
Stenson defeated Swedish compatriot Jonas Blixt by 2 holes with a birdie at the last, Coetzee eliminated American Patrick Reed, a former University High golfer, 2 and 1.
Ilonen defeated European Ryder Cup-winning rookie Victor Dubuisson 2 up in a see-saw match, with the Finn producing a bogey-free display while his French opponent three-putted on three of the four par-3s for bogey.
Coetzee, the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 89, was never behind in his match against Reed.
Martin blisters back nine for lead: In Las Vegas, Ben Martin birdied five straight holes on the back nine Saturday and finished with a 9-under 62 to take a two-stroke lead in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
Martin had four birdies and bogey on the front nine, birdied No. 10 and took the lead with his birdie run on Nos. 13-17.
Scotland’s Russell Knox, tied for the second-round lead with Andrew Putnam, was second after a 66.
Jimmy Walker also had a 62 to move into a tie for third with Andrew Svoboda at 13 under. Walker won three times last season and played in the Ryder Cup. Svoboda had a 67.
Defending champion Webb Simpson also had a 67 to top the group at 12 under.
TWO SHARE THIRD-ROUND LEAD: In Incheon, South Korea, South Korean’ Hee-Kyung Bae and Kyu Jung Baek both shot 4-under 68 to share the third-round lead in the LPGA KEB-HanaBank Championship.
Bae had five back-nine birdies on Sky72’s Ocean Course, and Baek had six birdies and two bogeys.
They were at 5-under 211, a stroke ahead of second-ranked ranked Inbee Park (68), No. 4 Suzann Pettersen (71), second-round leader Karine Icher (73), Brittany Lincicome (72), Beatriz Recari (72), Sandra Gal(71), In Gee Chun (69), Pornanong Phatlum (69), Yoon Kyung Heo (70) and Ilhee Lee (71).
U.S. Women’s Open champion Michelle Wie was two strokes back.
HAAS FIRES 67 FOR TWO -SHOT LEAD: In Conover, N.C., Jay Haas shot a 4-under 67 to take a two-stroke lead after the second round of the Champions Tour’s Greater Hickory Kia Classic.
Joe Durant, tied for the first-round lead with Haas at 63, had a 69 to drop into a tie for second with Kirk Triplett and South Africa’s David Frost. Triplett, the winner last week had a 66, and Frost shot 65.
Frost had seven birdies and a bogey to match the best round of the day. Triplett had six birdies and a bogey, and Durant birdied the final three holes to finish with six birdies.
and four bogeys.
BIRDIE BARRAGE VAULTS FRASER TO TOP: In Hong Kong, Australia’s Marcus Fraser birdied four of his last six holes for a 5-under 65 and a one-stroke lead in the Hong Kong Open, his first event after an eight-month injury layoff.
Fraser was sidelined since February because of a left hand injury that required surgery. He had an 11-under 199 total in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tours.
Fellow Australian Scott Hend was second after a 67. Second-round leader Ernie Els was tied for sixth at 8 under after a 71. The South African star turned 45 on 45 on Friday.