Volvo World Match Play: Draw made for Bulgaria shoot-out

Last Updated: 16/05/13 4:58pm

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Nicolas Colsaerts: defending champion this week

Nicolas Colsaerts: defending champion this week

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Defending champion Nicolas Colsaerts will hope to have an easier passage to the knock-out stages than he did 12 months ago in this week's Volvo World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.

The Belgian Ryder Cup star did not win either of his two group games at Finca Cortesin and only progressed to the last 16 after a play-off with former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Colsaerts improved as the week went on, but still needed 20 holes to beat Paul Lawrie in the semi-finals before edging past Graeme McDowell on the 18th in the final.

The 24-man field at the spectacular Thracian Cliffs in Kavarna have again been split into eight groups of three, with the top 16 players in the world rankings placed into groups and the remaining eight drawn at random.

Malaysian Open winner Kiradech Aphibarnrat was drawn to face Colsaerts and Branden Grace, while Thomas Aiken was drawn alongside 2011 winner Ian Poulter and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee.

McDowell is up against Chris Wood and Stephen Gallacher, while Sweden's Henrik Stenson - the only player to receive an invite rather than qualify - faces Francesco Molinari and Felipe Aguilar.

The group games will be played on Thursday and Friday with the top two in each group advancing to the last 16. Those ties will be played on Saturday morning with the quarter-finals to follow and the semi-finals and final on Sunday.

Seve Ballesteros Group: Graeme McDowell, Chris Wood, Stephen Gallacher

Assar Gabrielsson Group: Ian Poulter, Thongchai Jaidee, Thomas Aiken

Arnold Palmer Group: Peter Hanson, George Coetzee, Shane Lowry

Gustaf Larson Group: Bo Van Pelt, Richard Sterne, Geoff Ogilvy

Ian Woosnam Group: Branden Grace, Nicolas Colsaerts, Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Greg Norman Group: Henrik Stenson, Francesco Molinari, Felipe Aguilar

Mark McCormack Group: Thorbjorn Olesen, Carl Pettersson, Scott Jamieson

Gary Player Group: Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, Jamie Donaldson, Brett Rumford

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