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Victor Dubuisson beats Graeme McDowell at Volvo World Match Play

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Victor Dubuisson won his second match during the second round of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in London overcoming Shane Lowry 3&2.

It means Dubuisson, who looked impressive in the Ryder Cup during the match-play format, has won two matches out of two a record only matched by Alexander Levy after he saw off Joost Luiten.

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Match-play specialist

Dubuisson may be dubbed a Match-Play specialist if he can keep up this form after he reached the final of the WGC event in February and a brilliant debut in the Ryder Cup.

He now tops his group with Lowry and Pablo Larrazabal on two points while Stephen Gallacher remains pointless.

But there is all to play for in that group with Gallacher playing Dubuisson on Friday and Lowry taking on Larrazabal.

Meanwhile, defending champion Graeme McDowell lost his match against Mikko Ilonen with the Finn recording a 2&1 victory.

"I'm disappointed to lose today but Mikko was incredibly solid" - McDowell

It was only McDowell's third defeat in 18 matches in this competition having competed in the event for four successive years.

The Northern Irishman had no answer for Ilonen as he hit seven birdies at the London Club to seal his maiden victory in the event and draw level with McDowell on two points in the Larson pool.

Disappointing

McDowell was upset to lose the match but felt the difference was Ilonen's putting.

"I'm disappointed to lose today but Mikko was incredibly solid," McDowell said. "I felt like I played the best golf the first five holes but he putted better and that was the difference."

Luiten recorded a convincing win over Levy, 4&3, as he tops the group with four points from his two matches. However, all four players can still qualify for the knock-out round with Luiten playing McDowell and Levy facing Ilonen.

Fascinating 

The McCormack group will be fascinating on Friday with all four player tied on two points. American Patrick Reed bounced back from an opening day defeat to beat Paul Casey 2&1.

Mouth watering

Jamie Donaldson also made amends after a loss on Thursday with a comfortable 3&2 win over Jonas Blixt which sets up a mouth watering clash between Ryder Cup duo Donaldson and Reed on Friday with the winner progressing.

Sweden's Henrik Stenson carded an impressive eight-under during his last nine holes to beat Francesco Molinari 2&1, despite the Italian shooting a seven-under for his round.

Stenson is now tied on top of the group with George Coetzee on three points as the South African beat Thongchai Jaidee 2&1.

Friday's matched will see Stenson tackle Jaidee, while Coetzee goes up against Molinari for places in the quarter-finals.

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