Match-by-match results: WGC-Cadillac Day 2

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 30, 2015, 8:07 pm

Play is underway on Day 2 at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. Follow along here for match-by-match updates from TPC Harding Park:

Group 1: (18) Billy Horschel def. (53) Jason Dufner, 3 and 2: Horschel continues his roll, eliminating Dufner after birdies on four of his first 10 holes. While the former PGA champ will head home Friday, Horschel will have a Walker Cup rematch with McIlroy to decide the group.

Group 1: (1) Rory McIlroy def. (35) Brandt Snedeker, 2 up: McIlroy improves to 2-0, but Snedeker made him sweat. The world No. 1 played bogey-free golf and never trailed, closing things out when Snedeker's birdie putt on No. 18 failed to drop. He'll head into a winner-take-all match Friday with Horschel, while Snedeker and Dufner will face off for bragging rights and OWGR points.

Group 2: (2) Jordan Spieth def. (40) Matt Every, 4 and 3: Every grabbed an early 2-up lead, but Spieth's putter was unstoppable. He one-putted each of the last 10 greens, holing seven birdies for the second straight day to improve to 2-0 and eliminate Every from group play.

Group 2: (26) Lee Westwood def. (62) Mikko Ilonen, 1 up: Ilonen held a 3-up lead at the turn, but Westwood won four of the next five holes to take the lead. After the Englishman missed a short putt on No. 18 to end it, Ilonen followed suit to squander a chance to tie. Now Westwood, 42, plays Spieth, 21, with the winner advancing.

Group 3: (3) Henrik Stenson def. (42) Brendon Todd, 3 and 2: Stenson notched his first win of the week, but it still wasn't enough to keep alive his hopes of advancing. The Swede raced to an early lead after birdies on four of his first five holes, but the result of the other match in their group meant both players were eliminated.

Group 3: (60) John Senden def. (23) Bill Haas, 4 and 3: The Aussie pulled off his second straight upset, winning Nos. 12-14 to turn a 2-up lead into a decisive victory. While Senden was the lowest-seeded player in the group, he has already punched his ticket to the Round of 16 having already defeated Stenson on Wednesday.

Group 4: (4) Bubba Watson def. (33) Keegan Bradley, 4 and 2: The match was all square through 10 holes before Watson won three straight holes to take control. He improves to 2-0, while Bradley fell to 0-2 and became the first player officially eliminated from group play.

Group 4: (29) Louis Oosthuizen def. (63) Miguel Angel Jimenez, 2 up: Oosthuizen won each of the first two holes and never trailed in the match. While Jimenez squared things through 16 holes, Oosthuizen won each of the final two holes to eliminate the Spaniard and set up a winner-take-all match Friday with Watson.

Group 5: (44) Thongchai Jaidee def. (5) Jim Furyk, 3 and 1: Jaidee pulled off the first upset of the second day, winning each of the first four holes and holding a 5-up lead after six. Furyk fought back, but it wasn't enough. Both players are now 1-1.

Group 5: (59) George Coetzee def. (17) Martin Kaymer, 19 holes: Coetzee built a 3-up lead through 11 holes before Kaymer won three holes in a row to square the match. The German missed a short putt on No. 18 to close out the match, then Coetzee closed things out with a birdie on the first extra hole, leaving all four players in the group at 1-1.

Group 6: (60) Marc Leishman def. (23) Ryan Palmer, 4 and 3. After defeating Justin Rose on Thursday, Leishman had little trouble dispatching Palmer. He was 3 up at the turn, increased the lead to four holes when Palmer (0-2) bogeyed the 10th and cruised the rest of the way.

Group 6: (6) Justin Rose def. (34) Anirban Lahiri, 19 holes: The top seed in the group barely avoided elimination, as Rose never led in the match until closing out Lahiri in overtime. Both players move to 1-1, meaning they're both still alive to advance but will need some help from Leishman, who faces Lahiri Friday.

Group 7: (38) Branden Grace def. (7) Jason Day, 4 and 3: Grace eagled the first hole, birdied the second and never trailed. The South African played his first 12 holes in 6 under and moves to 1-1, while Day (0-2) will not advance.

Group 7: (49) Charley Hoffman def. (24) Zach Johnson, 2 and 1: Hoffman improved to 2-0 despite his standing as the lowest-ranked player in the group. The pair halved the first hole with birdies but played rather poorly from there, combining for seven bogeys and no birdies across the next 10 holes. Hoffman took command with a birdie on No. 16 and is in control of the group.

Group 8: (58) Matt Jones def. (21) Victor Dubuisson, 2 up: Jones never trailed in the match and won three of the first eight holes before the Frenchman battled back. After Dubuisson missed the green at No. 17, Jones rolled in a 16-foot birdie putt and closed things out with a birdie on the next hole to eliminate Dubuisson.

Group 8: (37) Charl Schwartzel def. (8) Dustin Johnson, 20 holes: Johnson built a lead on the front nine and held a 3-up advantage through 11 holes, but Schwartzel chipped away and ultimately squared things with a birdie on No. 18. The South African never led in the match until a 20th-hole birdie improved his record to 2-0, dropping Johnson to 1-1.

Group 9: (25) Chris Kirk def. (64) Francesco Molinari, 2 and 1: Molinari won the first hole and led through much of the opening nine, but Kirk squared things on No. 8 and never trailed after No. 11. Neither player made a birdie over the last nine holes of a relatively uneventful match, and both are now 1-1 for the week.

Group 9: (36) Paul Casey def. (9) Adam Scott, 1 up: Casey improves to 2-0 and will face Molinari Friday with a chance to win the group. Scott got off to a strong start but bogeyed three of his final six holes, effectively ending his week that never got off the ground as his putting woes continue.

Group 10: (39) Bernd Wiesberger def. (10) Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1: Garcia appeared in control, with a 2-up lead after 10 holes, before the Austrian rallied. Wiesberger made four birdies in a six-hole stretch from Nos. 11-16, and now both players sit at 1-1 for the week.

Group 10: (54) Tommy Fleetwood def. (30) Jamie Donaldson, 21 holes: The longest match of the day went to Fleetwood, who recorded his seventh birdie of the day on the 21st hole. Donaldson had a chance to take control of the group, but now all four players sit at 1-1 heading into the final day.

Group 11: (50) Gary Woodland def. (27) Ian Poulter, 3 and 2: Poulter is heralded as a match-play wizard, but he was eliminated after making only one birdie in his second match. Woodland won five of the first eight holes and cruised to victory, improving to 2-0 for the week.

Group 11: (46) Webb Simpson def. (11) Jimmy Walker, 19 holes: Simpson's affinity for San Francisco continues, as he erased an early 2-down deficit, squared the match with an eagle on No. 18 and won it when Walker mis-fired in extra holes. The result sets up a winner-take-all match between Simpson and Woodland, the group's lowest-seeded players.

Group 12: (12) J.B. Holmes def. (45) Russell Henley, 19 holes: Neither player led by more than one hole in this match, which reached a low point when No. 13 was halved with double bogeys. Holmes squared the match with a birdie on No. 16, then won when Henley found trouble in sudden death. Henley is eliminated from the group.

Group 12: (19) Brooks Koepka def. (51) Marc Warren, 20 holes: Koepka was 3 down with three holes to play, but staged a furious comeback to square the match and then won it by stuffing his approach to the second extra hole. The loss drops Warren to 1-1 and means Koepka can win the group by defeating Holmes on Friday.

Group 13: (13) Rickie Fowler def. (47) Shane Lowry, 1 up: Lowry led for much of the way before Fowler caught fire with his putter, holing three putts of more than 15 feet to square the match. He won with a birdie on No. 18 and became the first player to officially advance out of group play.

Group 13: (55) Harris English def. (32) Graeme McDowell, 2 and 1: McDowell held a 3-up lead through eight holes, but English rallied to win five of the next six holes. The result dropped the Ulsterman to 0-2, while English moved to 1-1 but was eliminated when Fowler defeated Lowry.

Group 14: (14) Matt Kuchar def. (41) Stephen Gallacher, 3 and 2: Gallacher held a 2-up lead at the turn before Kuchar won six of the next seven holes, including an eagle on No. 12. At 0-2, Gallacher is eliminated while Kuchar remains in the mix at 1-1.

Group 14: (31) Hunter Mahan def. (61) Ben Martin, 5 and 3: Mahan could be the hottest player in the field, and he has yet to drop a single hole through three matches. He didn't have to work very hard against Martin, who bogeyed three of his first seven holes and failed to make a single birdie.

Group 15: (57) Andy Sullivan def. (28) Ryan Moore, 3 and 2: Sullivan won two of the first four holes and never trailed, playing 16 holes in 5 under to move to 1-1. Moore's birdie run on Nos. 12-14 was too little too late, and at 0-2 he is eliminated.

Group 15: (48) Danny Willett def. (15) Patrick Reed, 2 and 1: A rather surprising result considering Reed's match-play acumen, but Willett was nearly mistake-free and took a 3-up lead when his drive at the par-4 12th left a tap-in eagle. He moves to the top of the group at 2-0, while Reed drops to 1-1 and needs help to advance.

Group 16: (21) Kevin Na def. (54) Alexander Levy, 3 and 1. Na (1-1) handed the Frenchman his second loss by going 1 up with a birdie at the first hole and never surrendering the lead.

Group 16: (16) Hideki Matsuyama def. (44) Joost Luiten, 2 up. Matsuyama (2-0) put the match away by eagling the par-5 final hole, reaching the green in two and draining an 11-foot putt.

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Cook leads by one entering final round at CareerBuilder

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 12:51 am

LA QUINTA, Calif. – Austin Cook played a six-hole stretch in 6 under and shot an 8-under 64 in breezy conditions Saturday to take the lead at the CareerBuilder Challenge.

Cook began the run at La Quinta Country Club with birdies on Nos. 4-5, eagled the sixth and added birdies on No. 7 and 9 to make the turn in 6-under 30.

After a bogey on the 10th, he birdied Nos. 11, 12 and 15 and saved par on the 18th with a 20-footer to take a 19-under 197 total into the final round on PGA West's Stadium Course. The 26-year-old former Arkansas player is making his first start in the event. He won at Sea Island in November for his first PGA Tour title.

Fellow former Razorbacks star Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were a stroke back. Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 on the Stadium Course. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. They are both winless on the PGA Tour.

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Jon Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium Course to reach 17 under. The top-ranked player in the field at No. 3, Rahm beat up the par 5s again, but had four bogeys – three on par 3s. He has played the 12 par 5s in 13 under with an eagle and 11 birdies.

Scott Piercy also was two strokes back after a 66 at the Stadium.

Adam Hadwin had a 67 at La Quinta a year after shooting a third-round 59 on the course. The Canadian was 16 under along with Grayson Murray and Brandon Harkins. Murray had a 67 on PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course, and Harkins shot 68 on the Stadium Course.

Phil Mickelson missed the cut in his first tournament of the year for the second time in his career, shooting a 74 on the Stadium Course to finish at 4 under – four strokes from a Sunday tee time.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was playing for the first time since late October. He also missed the cut in the Phoenix Open in his 2009 opener.

Charlie Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior playing on the first sponsor exemption the event has given to an amateur, also missed the cut. The Southern California recruit had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over for the week.

John Daly had an 80 at La Quinta. He opened with a triple bogey and had six bogeys – four in a row to start his second nine – and only one birdie. The 51-year-old Daly opened with a 69 on the Nicklaus layout and had a 71 on Friday at the Stadium.

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Mickelson misses CareerBuilder cut for first time in 24 years

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 12:48 am

Phil Mickelson missed the cut Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge. It’s a rare occurrence in his Hall of Fame career.

He has played the event 15 times, going back to when it was known as the Bob Hope Classic. He has won it twice.

How rare is his missing the cut there?

The last time he did so, there was no such thing as a DVD, Wi-Fi, iPods, Xbox, DVR capability or YouTube.

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The PGA Tour’s Jon Rahm didn’t exist, either.

The last time Mickelson missed a cut in this event was 1994, nine months before Rahm was born.

Mickelson struggled to a 2-over-par 74 in the heavy winds Saturday on the PGA West Stadium Course, missing the 54-hole cut by four shots. He hit just four of 14 fairways, just nine of 18 greens. He took a double bogey at the 15th after requiring two shots to escape the steep-walled bunker on the left side of the green.

Mickelson won’t have to wait long to try to get back in the hunt. He’s scheduled to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif.

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Defending champ Gana co-leads Latin America Amateur

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 11:20 pm

Toto Gana moved into early position to try to win a return trip to the Masters Saturday by grabbing a share of the first-round lead at the Latin America Amateur Championship.

The defending champ posted a 3-under-par 68 at Prince of Wales Country Club in his native Chile, equaling the rounds of Argentina’s Mark Montenegro and Colombia’s Pablo Torres.

They are one shot ahead of Mexico’s Alvaro Ortiz and Mario Carmona, Argentina’s Horacio Carbonetti and Jaime Lopez Rivarola and the Dominican Republic’s Rhadames Pena.

It’s a bunched leaderboard, with 19 players within three shots of each at the top of the board in the 72-hole event.

“I think I have my game under control,” said Gana, 20, a freshman at Lynn University. “I hit the ball very well, and I also putted very well. So, I am confident about tomorrow.”

The LAAC’s champion will get more than a Masters invitation. He also will be exempt into the The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event he is eligible to play this year. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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LAAC returning to Casa de Campo in 2019

By Randall MellJanuary 20, 2018, 8:23 pm

The Latin America Amateur Championship will return to Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic in 2019 (Jan. 17-20), event organizers announced Saturday in Chile, where this year’s championship is underway.

The LAAC champion receives an invitation to play the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club every spring.

The champion is also exempt into The Amateur, the U.S. Amateur and any other USGA event for which he is eligible to compete. The champion and players who finish runner-up are also exempt into the final stages of qualifying for The Open and the U.S. Open.

The LAAC was founded by the Masters, the R&A and the USGA, with the purpose of further developing amateur golf in South America, Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.

The championship got its start in 2015 with Chile’s Matias Dominguez winning at Pilar Golf in Argentina. In 2016, Casa de Campo hosted, with Costa Rica’s Paul Chaplet winning. At 16, he became the first player from Central America to compete in the Masters. In 2017, Chile’s Toto Gana won the title at  Club de Golf de Panama.