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Lee Westwood starts Match Play strong

Updated: May 19, 2011, 3:11 PM ET
Associated Press

CASARES, Spain -- Lee Westwood produced a blitz of birdies to defeat Anders Hansen 6 and 5 Thursday on the opening day of the World Match Play Championship, sending a message to two players trying to supplant him at No. 1.

Luke Donald and Martin Kaymer, who could move to the top of the rankings by winning the tournament on the Costa del Sol, also eased to opening-round victories at the Finca Cortesin course.

Second-ranked Donald defeated Ryan Moore of the United States 4 and ...

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