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Friday, 19 March 2010
South Africa 2 v New Zealand 1
In a classic Dunhill Cup encounter South Africa earned a semi-final spot after what became intense matchplay competition. A birdie-birdie finish from Ernie Els pipped Michael Campbell in the final match, meanwhile Retief Goosen and Greg Turner were already into extra holes. After Grant Waite had levelled matters with a four stroke victory over David Frost all eyes turned once more to the first hole and it was here that the tie was decided when Greg Turner missed a 3-foot putt to hand victory to South Africa.

Ireland 3 v France 0
Des Smyth finally got the victory he deserved, ironically with his worst round of the week. A 2-under-par 70 was enough for a six-stroke victory over France's Jeff Remesy. In a low scoring opener Paul McGinley shot 67 to defeat Raphael Jacquelin by two and Padraig Harrington completed the rout with a five shot winning margin, after a 3-under-par 69 against Thomas Levet.

Spain 2 v Sweden 1
In a thrilling tie Spain clinched a semi-final berth after looking dead and buried halfway through the match. Miguel Angel Martin opened with a point against Patrik Sjoland, after the Swede doubled the 17th to let Martin by. In the second match Per Ulrik Johansson levelled the draw with a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez, 71 to 72. Lying three down at the turn Spain's hopes lay with Jose Maria Olazabal and in true Dunhill Cup fashion he strode back into the match and as his compatriot had done earlier, Mathias Gronberg doubled the 17th to let Olazabal through for the victory.

Zimbabwe 2 v China 1
Zimbabwe won their final match up with China by two points to one, though China's Lian Wei Zhang recorded the lowest round in the match. Tony Johnstone gave Zimbabwe the early lead with a convoncing 7-stroke demolition of Xiang-Bing Wu. In the second match Mark McNulty beat Wen-Chong Lian by three after a one-under 71. Nick Price recorded the same score as his compatriot, but a 68 by Zhang earnt China their sole victory in the final Dunhill Cup.

USA 2 v Japan 1
A victory for the USA, but only just as a close battle was fought with average scores. In the opener it took three extra holes for Isao Aoki to dispense of John Daly after both had posted regulation 73's. In a scrappy middle match Tom Lehman prevailed by one with a 74 against Tetsu Nishikawa. Larry Mize posted the only respectable score in the match with a 2-under-par 70 to beat Tsukasa Watanabe by a comfortable six shots and both teams will look forward to a comfortable trip home.

Argentina 2 v Australia 1
Australia will be left wondering where it all went wrong after a thrilling encounter with Argentina. In the opening match Nick O'Hern continued his winning form with a three shot victory over the 72 of Eduardo Romero. Scores were then tied as Angel Cabrera, also having won his first two matches, defeated Stephen Leaney by five strokes with a 2-under-par 70. In the final match it was all going Australia's way until two double bogey's from Peter O'Malley on the 15th and 16th holes opened the door for Jose Coceres and he went on to win by two to put Argentina through.

Germany 3 v England 0
England exited the tournament with just one victory from nine matches as Germany inflicted a 3-0 defeat on them. With scores of 4-over, level and 2-over-par the English three of Jamie Spence, Roger Chapman and Brian Davis can have few complaints. The best score from the Germans was a 69 by Thomas Gogele in his match with Chapman, otherwise a 71 from Langer and a 72 from Struver in the final match were all that was needed, though the Germans also go out.

Wales 3 v Scotland 0
Another whitewash by the Welsh as the trio of Ian Woosnam, Philip Price and David Park advanced in style to the semi-finals of the 2000 Dunhill Cup. In the opening match a fast-paced encounter between Woosnam and Colin Montgomerie went to extra holes, until a bogey at the second by Monty gifted Wales their first win. A 2-under-par 70 gave Park a two shot victory over andrew Coltart and in the final game Price sealed a fabulous group stage for the Welsh with a 69 to the 72 of Gary Orr.

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