Ian Poulter relished the chance to settle a score against American Kevin Kisner

  • England had record 10-strong contingent at the WGC-Match Play Championship
  • Poulter relished the chance to settle a score against American Kevin Kisner
  • Casey showed no signs of a Valspar hangover as he demolished Abraham Ancer
  • Rory McIlroy secured a comprehensive victory over Luke List

Europe’s run of dominance in America continued on a remarkable first day at the WGC-Match Play Championship in Texas on Wednesday.

The winners of the last three events on the PGA Tour — Frankie Molinari, Rory McIlroy and Paul Casey — led the way with comprehensive victories, but they were hardly alone in claiming their opening group matches.

Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter, Tyrrell Hatton, Jon Rahm, Henrik Stenson … the list of impressive wins went on and on as the Ryder Cup team picked up from where they left off in Paris last September. By the end, 11 of the 12, would you believe, had claimed wins, with Alex Noren the only one to lose.

Ian Poulter relished the chance to settle a score against American Kevin Kisner
Ian Poulter relished the chance to settle a score against American Kevin Kisner

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