Exciting young English golfer Tom Lewis needed just 18 holes to put himself into the knockout phase of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Spain.
The 21-year-old, making his debut in this event in his first full year as a professional, beat Australia’s John Senden on the final green in his opening match.
It meant Lewis and defending champion Ian Poulter, who had beaten Senden on the opening day, were the two to progress to the last 16 from their three-man group.
Lewis’ odds for the title at Finca Cortesin near Marbella were cut to a best price of 28/1 with Paddy Power
. He will play his fellow Hertfordshire golfer Poulter for top spot in the pool.
Rafael Cabrera-Bello followed up his excellent opening victory over pre-tournament favourite Martin Kaymer with a 4&2 triumph against Richard Finch to book his place in the last 16.
The Spaniard, winner of the Dubai Desert Classic this year, is a 16/1 chance with Bet Victor
Thomas Bjorn and Alvaro Quiros, both beaten on the opening day, gave themselves chances to progress with victories over Branden Grace and Tetsuji Hiratsuka respectively.
Quiros, who had lost to Sergio Garcia, was particularly convincing in his 5&4 success against his Japanese opponent. He will be sure to go through if Garcia beats Hiratsuka.
Bjorn triumphed 2&1 and his prospects of competing in the knockout stage hinge on the outcome of the match between his day one conqueror Brandt Snedeker and Grace.
Paul Lawrie’s half against Camilo Villegas was enough for the 1999 Open champion to secure his passage having won against Peter Hanson on the first day.
The Scot, playing in his 500th European Tour event, is a best-priced 20/1 with Blue Square
to follow up his Qatar Masters victory earlier this year.
Robert Karlsson and Jbe Kruger also halved their match, which meant first-day winner Graeme McDowell was certain to qualify from that group.
Retief Goosen beat Nicolas Colsaerts on the 18th, while Robert Rock got the better of Open champion Darren Clarke in another match that went the distance.