Shane Lowry cruises into third round of WGC Match Play Championship

Shane Lowry, who beat Rory McIlroy in round one, made further progress at the WGC World Match Play in Arizona with a comfortable 6&5 win over Carl Pettersson on Friday.

Afterwards a delighted Lowry said: “I scraped the win against Rory and my iron play was a lot better. I put pressure on him the whole game.

“I wish every week was match play - I enjoy the head-to-head.”

Shane is trying to climb into the world’s top 50 to qualify for The Masters - he is currently 68th and needs to make the semi-finals to do it this week

Lowry completed 13 holes in bogey-free five-under-par yesterday and won all six holes of the match.

He secured four of those with birdies, including a long conversion at the par-5 13th where the match ended.

Justin Rose was beaten 4&2 by Ryder Cup team-mate Nicolas Colsaerts.

And with third seed Luke Donald, winner two years ago, losing four of the first five holes to American Scott Piercy, the shocks looked like coming thick and fast again.

Ian Poulter, Donald’s predecessor as champion defeated American Bo Van Pelt 3&1.

A Colsaerts victory was not that big a surprise in truth.

The Belgian won the Volvo World Match Play in Spain last year, had eight birdies and an eagle in his first-ever Ryder Cup game last September and began this week with a crushing 5&4 win over American Bill Haas.