Stenson fights back, McDowell beaten

Henrik Stenson came from behind to earn his first victory at the World Match-play Championship in London on Thursday.

Defending champion Graeme McDowell, though, suffered his first defeat as he went down 2&1 to Finn Mikko Ilonen in a sizzling encounter featuring 12 birdies. Frenchman Victor Dubuisson eased past Ireland's Shane Lowry 3&2 while South African George Coetzee defeated last year's runner-up Thongchai Jaidee 2&1.

Stenson was three down after four holes against Francesco Molinari but the world No. 5 bounced back with six birdies and an eagle in the last nine holes.

The Swede is now level with Coetzee on three points, ahead of Thongchai (two) and Molinari (zero).

American Patrick Reed, Englishman Paul Casey, Swede Jonas Blixt and Wales' European Ryder Cup hero Jamie Donaldson are locked together on two points in their group. The top two in each four-man group go through to today's quarter-finals.

- Reuters.