Match-by-match results: WGC-Cadillac Day 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 1, 2015, 8:18 pm

The final day of group-play matches is over at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. Follow along here to see how the matches unfolded, and who moved on to the Round of 16 at TPC Harding Park:

Group 1: (53) Jason Dufner def. (35) Brandt Snedeker, 1 up: Neither player had a chance to advance, but Dufner earned his first win of the week with three birdies across his final seven holes, including a birdie on the last to take a lead in the match for the first time over Snedeker (0-3).

Group 1: (1) Rory McIlroy def. (18) Billy Horschel, 20 holes: Horschel led the entire way and appeared to have things on ice, taking a 2-up lead when McIlroy bogeyed No. 14. McIlroy then won the last two holes with birdies, and he capped off a remarkable rally to win the group when Horschel missed his par putt on the second extra hole.

Group 2: (62) Mikko Ilonen def. (40) Matt Every, 8 and 6: This one won't make the highlight reel. Both players were 0-2 and only Ilonen seemingly showed up for the final match, crushing Every after the Finn held a 7-up lead through nine holes.

Group 2: (26) Lee Westwood def. (2) Jordan Spieth, 2 up: In one of the day's best matches, Westwood chipped in for par on 16 and then birdied No. 17 to take control. At 3-0, he moves on while the reigning Masters champ is eliminated in an unexpected result.

Group 3: (23) Bill Haas def. (3) Henrik Stenson, 3 and 1: Haas takes home a little extra cash and points for winning a match where both men knew they were already eliminated. He saved his best golf for last, making five birdies against no bogeys, but won't advance despite a 2-1 record. Stenson finishes 1-2.

Group 3: (60) John Senden def. (42) Brendon Todd, 1 up: Senden was already through to the next round, but he put the finishing touches on a 3-0 record in group play with three birdies across the final eight holes. He'll move on to face Mahan in the Round of 16, while Todd heads home without winning a match.

Group 4: (29) Louis Oosthuizen def. (4) Bubba Watson, 19 holes: This match decided the group, and Oosthuizen won it with a birdie on the first extra hole after squandering a 2-up lead through 11. He moves to 3-0 and will face Fowler, while Watson drops to 2-1 and is eliminated.

Group 4: (63) Miguel Angel Jimenez def. (33) Keegan Bradley, 2 up: This match had the week's most bizarre moment, as the two players got into a heated altercation over a ruling. Jimenez captured the win with a birdie on No. 18, moving to 1-2, while Bradley dropped to 0-3 this week and 1-9 as a pro in singles' match play.

Group 5: (5) Jim Furyk def. (17) Martin Kaymer, 20 holes. This was one of the day's best matches, as both players combined for 14 birdies and one bogey. Furyk had a short putt to win on the 18th - Kaymer already had hit hat off to shake hands - but he missed. Furyk finished the job two holes later, and won the group by virtue of Coetzee's victory in extra holes.

Group 5: (59) George Coetzee def. (44) Thongchai Jaidee, 21 holes: Jaidee would have won the group with a victory, but the match instead went to Coetzee, who didn't lead the match at any point until he closed it out on the third extra hole. Both Coetzee (2-1) and Jaidee (1-2) are now heading home.

Group 6: (6) Justin Rose def. (22) Ryan Palmer, 2 and 1: Palmer won the opening hole, but Rose quickly squared the match and never trailed again. The Englishman birdied four of his first eight holes to keep alive his faint hopes of advancing to the next round.

Group 6: (56) Marc Leishman def. (34) Anirban Lahiri, 1 up: Leishman built a 2-up lead at the turn, then held on as Lahiri missed a 6-foot putt to extend the match on No. 18. The result means that the Aussie, 3-0, wins the group, and Rose is eliminated despite a 2-1 record.

Group 7: (24) Zach Johnson def. (7) Jason Day, 3 and 2: Johnson didn't lead until a birdie on No. 13, but he won the match when Day failed to convert a birdie putt on No. 16. Johnson moves to 2-1, while the defending champ drops to 0-3.

Group 7: (38) Branden Grace def. (49) Charley Hoffman, 2 and 1: This was a well-played match, with each player 4 under through eight holes, but Grace never trailed. His win set up a three-man playoff between Grace, Hoffman and Johnson, all 2-1, to decide the group winner, which Grace won on the third extra hole.

Group 8: (8) Dustin Johnson def. (21) Victor Dubuisson, 2 and 1: Johnson won the first hole and built a 3-up lead through eight holes before Dubuisson with four wins in a five-hole stretch. Johnson regained momentum with three straight birdies on Nos. 14-16 to win the match, but he was eliminated nonetheless.

Group 8: (37) Charl Schwartzel def. (58) Matt Jones, 20 holes: Jones held a slim 1-up lead after six, but Schwartzel won the next two holes and never trailed again. Jones squared the match with a birdie on No. 18, but Schwartzel won it on the second extra hole, and at 3-0 he wins the group over Johnson (2-1).

Group 9: (25) Chris Kirk def. (9) Adam Scott, 1 up: Scott built a 2-up lead through seven holes, but Kirk won the next three holes to take the lead and never trailed again. He won the match on No. 18 after nearly making an albatross, moving to 2-1 while Scott ends the week 0-3.

Group 9: (36) Paul Casey def. (64) Francesco Molinari, 1 up: Molinari raced to a 4-up lead at the turn before Casey put on a furious rally, winning six holes on the back nine. Molinari missed short putts on both Nos. 16 and 17 to surrender the momentum, and at 3-0 Casey wins the group.

Group 10: (30) Jamie Donaldson def. (10) Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1: The Welshman won each of the first three holes, then birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to eliminate Garcia. Donaldson would have advanced if Wiesberger beat Fleetwood in the group's other match, but instead was eliminated.

Group 10: (54) Tommy Fleetwood def. (39) Bernd Wiesberger, 19 holes: Wiesberger was 2-up at the turn, but Fleetwood closed with four back-nine birdies and then won on the first extra hole. Combined with Donaldson's victory in the other match, Fleetwood moves on to the next round.

Group 11: (27) Ian Poulter def. (11) Jimmy Walker, 4 and 2: Poulter tweeted Friday about his match's lack of meaning, but he won it anyway. Walker led for much of the front nine, but Poulter won six of the final 10 holes of the match to drop the group's top-seeded player to 0-3.

Group 11: (50) Gary Woodland def. (46) Webb Simpson, 1 up: Woodland held a slim 1-up lead for nearly the entire match, and held on for victory when Simpson's birdie putt on No. 18 missed the target. The defeat dropped Simpson to 2-1, and Woodland, 3-0, will meet Leishman in the Round of 16.

Group 12: (12) J.B. Holmes def. (20) Brooks Koepka, 2 and 1: Holmes made only one bogey, and when Koepka bogeyed the 17th, the match was over. Both players finished 2-1 but Holmes won the group by virtue of his head-to-head victory.

Group 12: (45) Russell Henley def. (51) Marc Warren, 1 up: Henley opened with nine straight pars, allowing Warren to build a 3-up lead in the process, but the American squared the match on No. 15 and won it with a birdie on No. 18. Both players are eliminated with 1-2 records.

Group 13: (13) Rickie Fowler def. (32) Graeme McDowell, 5 and 4: Fowler had already advanced to the Round of 16, but he picked up some extra momentum by sending McDowell home with an 0-3 record. Fowler, 3-0, birdied five of his first seven holes and played the match's 14 holes in 8 under.

Group 13: (55) Harris English def. (47) Shane Lowry, 1 up: Both players were already eliminated, but English ended his week on a high note after a late rally. Lowry held a 3-up lead after 14 holes before the American closed by winning each of the last four holes of the match.

Group 14: (32) Hunter Mahan def. (14) Matt Kuchar, 5 and 4: Mahan's blitz through this event continues. After not losing a single hole in his first two matches, Mahan steamrolled Kuchar to advance to the Round of 16 with a 3-0 record. It took him only 41 holes to dispatch of Kuchar, Gallacher and Martin. He'll face Senden on Saturday.

Group 14: (61) Ben Martin def. (41) Stephen Gallacher, 20 holes: Martin never led in the match until its final hole, but he birdied three of his last four holes and then birdied each of the two holes of sudden death. He is eliminated despite a 2-1 record, while Gallacher dropped to 0-3.

Group 15: (15) Patrick Reed def. (28) Ryan Moore, 1 up: Reed was 5 up after nine holes, but Moore cut into the deficit and made Reed go the distance. An up-and-down on the final hole allowed Reed to finally close it out, but he was eliminated when Willett defeated Sullivan.

Group 15: (48) Danny Willett def. (57) Andy Sullivan, 1 up: Willett never trailed, building a 2-up lead at the turn and holding on for the win after Sullivan missed a short putt on No. 18 to send it to extra holes. At 3-0, Willett also wins the group and will face Westwood in the Round of 16.

Group 16: (16) Hideki Matsuyama def. (20) Kevin Na, 5 and 4: Matsuyama turned a close match into a rout, with birdies on four of his last five holes. The victory moves him to 3-0 and books his ticket to the Round of 16, while Na (1-2) is eliminated.

Group 16: (43) Joost Luiten def. (52) Alexander Levy, 1 up: The day's final match was one of its better contests, as Luiten shot 8 under while Levy was 6 under with an eagle and only one bogey. The match was all square through 17 but Luiten moved to 2-1 with his eighth and final birdie of the day on No. 18, dropping Levy to 0-3.

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CareerBuilder purse payouts: Rahm wins $1.062 million

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 12:50 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of sudden death to win the CareerBuilder Challenger. Here's a look at how the purse was paid out in La Quinta, Calif.:

1 Jon Rahm -22 $1,062,000
2 Andrew Landry -22 $637,200
T3 Adam Hadwin -20 $306,800
T3 John Huh -20 $306,800
T3 Martin Piller -20 $306,800
T6 Kevin Chappell -19 $205,025
T6 Scott Piercy -19 $205,025
T8 Brandon Harkins -18 $171,100
T8 Jason Kokrak -18 $171,100
T8 Sam Saunders -18 $171,100
T11 Harris English -17 $135,700
T11 Seamus Power -17 $135,700
T11 Jhonattan Vegas -17 $135,700
T14 Bud Cauley -16 $106,200
T14 Austin Cook -16 $106,200
T14 Grayson Murray -16 $106,200
T17 Andrew Putnam -15 $88,500
T17 Peter Uihlein -15 $88,500
T17 Aaron Wise -15 $88,500
T20 Ricky Barnes -14 $57,754
T20 Stewart Cink -14 $57,754
T20 Brian Harman -14 $57,754
T20 Beau Hossler -14 $57,754
T20 Charles Howell III -14 $57,754
T20 Zach Johnson -14 $57,754
T20 Ryan Palmer -14 $57,754
T20 Brendan Steele -14 $57,754
T20 Nick Taylor -14 $57,754
T29 Lucas Glover -13 $36,706
T29 Russell Knox -13 $36,706
T29 Nate Lashley -13 $36,706
T29 Tom Lovelady -13 $36,706
T29 Kevin Streelman -13 $36,706
T29 Hudson Swafford -13 $36,706
T29 Richy Werenski -13 $36,706
T36 Jason Dufner -12 $27,189
T36 Derek Fathauer -12 $27,189
T36 James Hahn -12 $27,189
T36 Chez Reavie -12 $27,189
T36 Webb Simpson -12 $27,189
T36 Tyrone Van Aswegen -12 $27,189
T42 Bronson Burgoon -11 $18,983
T42 Ben Crane -11 $18,983
T42 Brian Gay -11 $18,983
T42 Chesson Hadley -11 $18,983
T42 Patton Kizzire -11 $18,983
T42 Hunter Mahan -11 $18,983
T42 Kevin Na -11 $18,983
T42 Rob Oppenheim -11 $18,983
T50 Alex Cejka -10 $14,025
T50 Corey Conners -10 $14,025
T50 Michael Kim -10 $14,025
T50 Kevin Kisner -10 $14,025
T50 Sean O'Hair -10 $14,025
T50 Sam Ryder -10 $14,025
T50 Nick Watney -10 $14,025
T57 Robert Garrigus -9 $13,039
T57 Tom Hoge -9 $13,039
T57 David Lingmerth -9 $13,039
T57 Ben Martin -9 $13,039
T57 Trey Mullinax -9 $13,039
T57 Brett Stegmaier -9 $13,039
T63 Scott Brown -8 $12,449
T63 Wesley Bryan -8 $12,449
T63 Brice Garnett -8 $12,449
T63 Sung Kang -8 $12,449
T67 Talor Gooch -7 $12,095
T67 Tom Whitney -7 $12,095
T69 Matt Every -6 $11,623
T69 Billy Hurley III -6 $11,623
T69 Smylie Kaufman -6 $11,623
T69 Keith Mitchell -6 $11,623
T69 Rory Sabbatini -6 $11,623
T69 Chris Stroud -6 $11,623
75 John Peterson -5 $11,210
76 Abraham Ancer -4 $11,092
77 Ben Silverman 4 $10,974
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After Further Review: Tiger's return comes at perfect time

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 2:19 am

Each week, takes a look back at the week in golf. Here's what's weighing on our writers' minds.

On the current state of golf as Tiger Woods returns to competition ...

Less than four days before Tiger Woods returns to official competitive golf for the first time in a year, Jon Rahm, the new second-ranked player in the world, won on the PGA Tour and Rory McIlroy made an impressive 2018 debut on the European Tour (T-3).

Not since Ben Hogan, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus crossed paths at the 1960 U.S. Open has there been so many superstars all poised for big seasons, with world No. 1 Dustin Johnson having already won this year and Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas both coming off stellar seasons.

It’s a good time for golf. - Rex Hoggard

On Tommy Fleetwood's continued success ...

There have been scores of talented European players whose skills didn’t translate to the PGA Tour … and maybe, in a few years, Tommy Fleetwood will prove to be no different.

He sure looks like the real deal, though.  

His title defense in Abu Dhabi – on the strength of a back-nine 30 in windy conditions – was his third title in the past 12 months and 11th top-10 overall. A few of those have come in majors and World Golf Championship events, too, which led the reigning Race to Dubai champion to accept PGA Tour membership for this season.

Beginning at Riviera, he plans to play exclusively in the States through May, then reassess for the rest of the year. Hope he sticks, because he’s a fun personality with tons of game. - Ryan Lavner

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Rahm passes Spieth to become world No. 2

By Nick MentaJanuary 22, 2018, 1:25 am

With his win Sunday at the CareerBuilder Challenge, Jon Rahm picked up his second PGA Tour victory and moved to No. 2 in the FedExCup points standings.

He picked up one more No. 2, too.

The 23-year-old Spaniard passed Jordan Spieth to move to No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, behind only Dustin Johnson.

In 19 months, since June 2016, Rahm has rocketed from No. 776 in the world to No. 2, thanks in part to his low divisor, his number of events played.

Asked after his playoff victory over Andrew Landry to discuss his rapid ascent up the world rankings, Rahm was almost at a loss.

“It's hard to believe to be honest, passing Jordan Spieth,” he said. “That's a three-time major champion. I only have two wins. He's got 10-plus, right? It's again – I've said it many times – I never thought I was going to be at this point in my life right now.”

Rahm may only have two PGA Tour titles, but this is his fourth worldwide win in the last year, dating back to last season’s Farmers Insurance Open. He also took the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and the DP World Tour Championship on his way to claiming the European Tour’s 2017 Rookie of the Year Award.

Dating back to the start of last season on the PGA Tour, Rahm has racked up 12 top-10s, three runner-ups, and two wins.

He will head to Torrey Pines next week ready to defend for the first time.

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Brady compares self to Woods after winning AFC title

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 1:05 am

Tom Brady and Tiger Woods are two of the all-time greats in their respective sports ... a fact that is not lost on the five-time Super Bowl winning quarterback.

Fresh off leading the New England Patriots to a AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Brady was asked about winning the game despite a cut on his throwing hand - which made national news heading into the matchup.

His response invoked the name of a certain 14-time major winner, something that would be tough to pull off, if not for the fact that he is, you know, Tom Brady.

“I think it's kind of arrogant to say it bothered me when we had a pretty good game, so I wouldn't say that," the 40-year-old told reporters after the game. "It's like when Tiger Woods said, ‘That was my C game’ and he won the tournament."

Tiger Woods winning with his "C game" may be a distant memory for golf fans, but no matter what game he brings, his next chance to win comes next week at Torrey Pines during his official comeback to the PGA Tour.

Brady has a shot at his sixth Super Bowl title in two weeks. The Patriots would probably benefit from him bringing a little better than his "C game" as well.