McDowell to defend Match Play title

Five members of the victorious European Ryder Cup team will participate in this week’s World Match Play Championship.

One of them is defending champion Graeme McDowell, who will be seeded second for the event London Golf Club, which starts on Wednesday.

World number five Henrik Stenson is seeded first, while Victor Dubuisson and Stephen Gallacher have been drawn together in the same group.

Welshman Jamie Donaldson is the other Ryder Cup star to feature in the 16-man tournament.

The players are divided into four Round Robin groups of four of four players each, after which the top two in each group advance to the quarter-finals.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the celebrated event, which was held at Wentworth until 2007.

Arnold Palmer Group

Henrik Stenson (Swe) world number five, top seed; Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) world number 41, seeded eight; Francesco Molinari (It) world number 48, seeded nine; George Coetzee (SA) world number 89, seeded 16.

Mark McCormack Group

Jamie Donaldson (Wal) world number 25, seeded four; Patrick Reed (USA) world number 26, seeded five; Jonas Blixt (Swe) world number 58, seeded 12; Paul Casey (Eng) world number 66, seeded 13.

Assar Gabrielsson Group

Victor Dubuisson (Fr) world number 23, seeded three; Stephen Gallacher (Sco) world number 35, seeded six; Shane Lowry (Ire) world number 53, seeded 11; Pablo Larrazabal (Sp) world number 70, seeded 14.

Gustaf Larsson Group

Graeme McDowell (NI) world number 18, seeded two; Joost Luiten (Ned) world number 37, seeded seven; Mikko Ilonen (Fin) world number 52, seeded 10; Alexander Levy (Fr) world number 74, seeded 15.