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English trio reach WGC Accenture Match Play quarters

Casey swung sweetly to reach the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.
Casey swung sweetly to reach the quarterfinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Sixth seed Paul Casey thrashes Brian Gay to reach last eight of WGC-Accenture Match Play
  • Fellow English stars Ian Poulter and Oliver Wilson join him in the quarterfinals
  • British Open champion Stewart Cink beats Charl Schwartzel at the 19th hole
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(CNN) -- Paul Casey, the highest ranked player left in the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, led a trio of three English players into the quarterfinals in Arizona.

Last year's runner-up Casey, seeded sixth, continued his superb form at Dove Mountain with a 5&4 thrashing of American journeyman Brian Gay to earn a mouthwatering clash with Stewart Cink.

British Open champion Cink made a brave 18-footer on the 18th to stay alive against South African Charl Schwartzel, then birdied the first extra hole to go through.

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Casey was joined in the quarterfinals by Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter who again showed his liking for head to head golf with a 5&4 thrashing of Indian Jeev Milkha Singh.

He will next play Thai Thongchai Jaidee and can reach a highest-ever ranking of five should he reach Sunday's 36-hole final.

Poulter told reporters that he had deliberately avoided watching Tiger Woods' television confession to avoid being distracted and it clearly worked.

"It's a great opportunity for me and a big weekend coming up. Top five in the world would be a great achievement - I'm excited and having fun," he said.

It's a great opportunity for me and a big weekend coming up
--Ian Poulter

The third Englishman through is Oliver Wilson, who beat compatriot Luke Donald at the 20th hole after a thrilling duel with both men holing long putts to stay alive.

He will now face a tough test against Spain's Sergio Garcia, who beat Tim Clark. South African Clark knocked the absent Woods out of the event last year.

Another South African, Retief Goosen and Camilo Villegas will meet in the final quarterfinal.

Goosen beat American Nick Watney who made a hash of the last after finding two bunkers and missing a six-foot par putt to force extra holes.

Colombian Villegas continued his impressive run with a 3&2 win over American Ben Crane.