Match-by-match results: WGC Match Play, Day 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 25, 2016, 6:23 pm

It's the final day of pool play with several win-or-go-home matches at the WGC-Dell Match Play. Follow along here to see who advances to the Round of 16: 

Group 1: (1) Jordan Spieth def. (31) Justin Thomas, 3 and 2. Spieth (3-0-0) won the second hole and never trailed thereafter against his longtime friend, easily advancing to the Round of 16. Thomas (0-3-0) didn't win his first hole until No. 10.

Group 1: (51) Jamie Donaldson def. (39) Victor Dubuisson, 1 up. Donaldson (2-1-0) had the lead for every hole but the nith, when Dubuisson (1-2-0) got the match back to all square. Donaldson won the next three holes, however, and hung on for the win. 

Group 2: (2) Jason Day def. (25) Paul Casey, WD: Casey (0-2-1) had been battling a stomach virus all week, and after six holes he couldn't continue. Casey won the first two holes, but then Day (3-0-0) was able to level the match at No. 6. That's when Casey decided to withdraw and get ready for the Masters. Meanwhile, Day became the first player to make the Round of 16.

Group 2: (36) Thongchai Jaidee and (62) Graeme McDowell halved. Jaidee (1-1-1) had a one- or two-hole lead through 11 holes, but McDowell (0-1-2) won the 12th with an eagle and the 13th with a par to pull even. They traded wins at 14 and 15, then halved the next three holes for the tie. 

Group 3: (3) Rory McIlroy and (26) Kevin Na halved. Na (2-0-1) held the biggest lead in the match, 2 up after six holes. But McIlroy (2-0-1) squared it through nine, and the two battled to a draw on the back. In their playoff, Na hooked his drive into a hazard on the second hole, then hit his third shot into a greenside bunker. McIlroy, with less than a full wedge, missed the green to the right, but managed to get up and down for the win.

Group 3: (64) Thorbjorn Olesen def. (46) Smylie Kaufman, 2 and 1. Neither player could pull more than one hole ahead until Kaufman (0-3-0) bogeyed the 13th to go 2 down. That was enough of a margin for Olesen (1-2-0).

Group 4: (63) Patton Kizzire def. (33) Emiliano Grillo, 2 up. Kizzire (1-0-2) took a 1-up lead by chipping in from 73 feet for eagle at the 16th hole, then birdied the 18th for the win and a spot in the Round of 16. Grillo finished 1-2-0 in pool play.

Group 4: (21) J.B. Holmes def. (4) Bubba Watson, 1 up. Watson (1-1-1) was 2 up through seven holes, but Holmes fought back to all square through 14 when Watson (1-1-1) bogeyed. Another Bubba bogey at 15 gave Holmes a 1-up lead, and both players parred in. 

Group 5: (47) Scott Piercy def. (58) Jason Dufner, 1 up. Dufner (1-2-0) led by one or two holes the entire match until No. 16, when Piercy (1-0-2) chipped in for eagle on the par 5. On 18, a wayward drive by Dufner led to a concession and the win for Piercy. Piercy lost a playoff to Byeong-Hun An for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 5: (5) Rickie Fowler and (27) Byeong-Hun An halved. An (1-0-2) took the biggest lead of the match, 2 up, with a 94-yard hole-out eagle on the 13th and a birdie on the 14th. But Fowler (0-1-2) birdied the short par-4 18th to square the match. An beat Piercy in their playoff for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 6: (30) Bill Haas def. (6) Adam Scott, 1 up: Haas (3-0-0) just needed a halve to move on, but the match came down to the 18th hole, where Haas made a birdie on the short par 4 to beat Scott (1-1-1) and advance.

Group 6: (55) Thomas Pieters def. (41) Chris Wood, 3 and 2: Pieters (1-1-1) was already 2 up on the par-4 15th, and he went three ahead with a birdie on his way to winning his first match. Wood ended the week 0-3-0.

Group 7: (28) Matt Kuchar def. (7) Justin Rose, 3 and 2. One up at the turn, Kuchar (2-0-1) made four birdies on the back nine to upset Rose (1-1-1) and advance.

Group 7: (48) Anirban Lahiri def. (57) Fabian Gomez, 4 and 2. Gomez (0-2-1) won the second hole to go 1 up, but won only one other hole. A Gomez bogey at the 15th gave Lahiri (1-1-1) a 3-up lead, and the winner stretched the margin to 4 up with a birdie at the 16th.

Group 8: (8) Dustin Johnson def. (22) Jimmy Walker, 2 and 1. DJ (2-1-0) took the lead on the fourth hole and never surrendered it. Two up at the turn, he won by the same margin as Walker (1-2-0) never came within one hole. DJ played off against Kiradech Aphibarnrat for a spot in the Round of 16, winning with an opening-hole birdie.

Group 8: (37) Kiradech Aphibarnrat def. (49) Robert Streb, 1 up. An extremely tight match, this one alternated between Aphibarnrat (2-1-0) being 1 up and the match being all square. Streb (1-2-0) never led. Aphibarnrat took his final lead with a birdie on the 13th, and the two matched pars the rest of the way. Aphibarnrat then lost a playoff to Dustin Johnson for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 9: (42) Matthew Fitzpatrick def. (53) Daniel Berger, WD: This one never got started as Berger (0-3-0) withdrew due to an injured wrist. Berger hit a rock Thursday in his match against Phil Mickelson, and he decided to withdraw and rest up for the Masters. Fitzpatrick finished the week 1-2-0.

Group 9: (9) Patrick Reed def. (17) Phil Mickelson, 5 and 4. Reed (3-0-0) led by 7 up through 10 holes, thanks to two eagles (one a hole-out) and two birdies. Mickelson (2-1-0) cut the lead to 5 up through 13, but Reed closed him out on the next hole, sailing into the Round of 16. 

Group 10: (50) Jaco Van Zyl def. (40) Billy Horschel, 2 and 1. One up through 15 holes, Van Zyl (1-1-1) eagled the par-5 16th to beat Horschel's birdie, then matched biries on the par-3 17th to close out the match. Horschel finished 1-2-0.

Group 10: (10) Danny Willett def. (18) Brooks Koepka, 4 and 3. Willett (1-1-1) probably got a clue that it was his day when he won the second hole with a bogey to Koepka's double. Willett was 5 up at the turn, and though Koepka (2-1-0) won the next two holes, it was too little, too late. Koepka advanced to the Round of 16, though.

Group 11: (11) Branden Grace def. (32) Russell Knox, 5 and 4: Knox (1-1-1) controlled his own destiny, but he was never in this match against Grace (2-1-0). Grace birdied Nos. 5 and 6 to take a 2-up lead, and then he just needed a par on 7 to go 3 up. Knox's chances pretty much ended when he found the water on the par-3 11th and conceded the hole. Grace lost a playoff to Chris Kirk for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 11: (56) Chris Kirk def. (38) David Lingmerth, 3 and 2: Kirk (2-1-0) was 2 up after two holes, and he never looked back against Lingmerth (0-2-1). Kirk defeated Grace in a playoff for a spot in the Round of 16.

Group 12: (43) Soren Kjeldsen and (52) Rafa Cabrera Bello halved. Kjeldsen (0-2-1) led 1 up at the turn as Cabrera Bello (2-0-1) made only one birdie on the front side. Kjeldsen was 1 up through 17, but Cabrera Bello birdied the par-4 18th to earn the half-point and advance.

Group 12: (12) Hideki Matsuyama def. (20) Kevin Kisner, 3 and 2. After the two halved the first seven holes, Kisner (1-2-0) bogeyed No. 8, giving Matsuyama (2-1-0) a lead he would never relinquish. Kisner didn't win a hole until No. 14, his only win of the day.

Group 13: (13) Sergio Garcia def. (25) Marc Leishman (25), 5 and 4. Garcia (2-1-0) quickly went 3 up as Leishman (0-2-1) bogeyed three of the first four holes. Garcia put the match away by winning Nos. 10, 13 and 14.

Group 13: (45) Ryan Moore def. (59) Lee Westwood, 3 and 1. With the match all square through 14 holes, Moore (2-0-1) won the next three holes with birdies to close out Westwood (1-2-0) and advance.

Group 14: (14) Zach Johnson def. (24) Shane Lowry, 4 and 3: Johnson (3-0-0) dominated this group and advanced to the Round of 16. Lowry (0-2-1) was 5 down after 10 holes and was never able to recover.

Group 14: (44) Martin Kaymer def. (60) Marcus Fraser, 4 and 3: This one was also a route, with Kaymer winning the opening four holes. Fraser dropped to 0-2-1.

Group 15: (15) Brandt Snedeker def. (19) Charl Schwartzel, 5 and 3. Schwartzel (2-1-0) actually led, 1 up, through seven holes, but bogeyed the eighth and ninth to give Snedeker (2-0-1) a 1-up lead.  Schwartzel drew even with a birdie on No. 10, but Snedeker then won the next five holes and advanced.

Group 15: (56) Charley Hoffman def. (34) Danny Lee, 4 and 2. Hoffman (1-2-0) won the first hole and led the entire match, including winning the par-3 11th with a double bogey to Lee's triple. Lee finished 0-2-1.

Group 16: (16) Louis Oosthuizen def. (29) Andy Sullivan, 4 and 2. A one-hole match through 13 holes, Oosthuizen (3-0-0) won the next three holes to advance. Sullivan finished 2-1-0.

Group 16: (35) Bernd Weisberger and (61) Matt Jones halved. Weisberger (0-2-1) led from the second hole through the 17th. He was 3 up after 15, but Jones (0-2-1) birdied the last three holes in a meaningless match

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Kelly beats Monty with two-shot swing on final hole

By Associated PressJanuary 21, 2018, 3:21 am

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Jerry Kelly made an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole, Colin Montgomerie missed a 6-footer for par and Kelly turned a one-shot deficit into a victory Saturday in the Mitsubishi Electric Championship, the season opener on the PGA Tour Champions.

After Kelly drove it well right into lava rocks on the par-4 16th, leading to bogey and giving Montgomerie the lead, Montgomerie made a mistake with his tee shot on the last, finding a fairway bunker. Montgomerie's approach went over the green and after Kelly converted his birdie, the 54-year-old Scot jammed his par putt well past the hole.

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It was the third win on the over-50 tour for the 51-year-old Kelly, who finished tied for 14th last week at the PGA Tour's Sony Open in Honolulu. That gave him confidence as he hopped over to the Big Island for his tournament debut at Hualalai. The limited-field event includes winners from last season, past champions of the event, major champions and Hall of Famers.

Kelly closed with a 6-under 66 for a three-day total of 18-under 198. Montgomerie shot 69. David Toms shot 67 and finished two shots back, and Miguel Angel Jimenez was another stroke behind after a 66.

Bernhard Langer, defending the first of his seven 2017 titles, closed with a 70 to finish at 10 under.

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Rahm manages frustration, two back at CareerBuilder

By Randall MellJanuary 21, 2018, 1:21 am

Jon Rahm managed the winds and his frustrations Saturday at the CareerBuilder Challenge to give himself a chance to win his fourth worldwide title in the last year.

Rahm’s 2-under-par 70 on the PGA West Stadium Course left him two shots off the lead going into the final round.

“I wasn’t really dealing with the wind that much,” Rahm said of his frustrations. “I was dealing with not being as fluid as I was the last two days.”

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The world’s No. 3 ranked player opened with a 62 at La Quinta Country Club on Thursday and followed it up with a 67 on Friday at PGA West. He made six birdies and four bogeys on the Stadium Course on Saturday.

“The first day, everything was outstanding,” Rahm said. “Yesterday, my driver was a little shaky but my irons shots were perfect. Today, my driver was shaky and my irons shots were shaky. On a course like this, it’s punishing, but luckily on the holes where I found the fairway I was able to make birdies.”

Rahm is projected to move to No. 2 in the world rankings with a finish of sixth or better on Sunday.

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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 hit a hybrid into the fairway bunker on the par-4 18th on a breezy Saturday afternoon at La Quinta Country Club, then chunked a wedge and raced a chip 20 feet past the hole.

Kip Henley, the longtime PGA Tour caddie who guided Cook to a breakthrough victory at Sea Island in November, stepped in to give the 26-year-old former Arkansas star a quick pep talk.

''Kip said, 'Let's finish this like we did on the first day at the Nicklaus Course.' We made a big par putt on 18 there and he said, 'Let's just do the same thing. Let's get this line right and if you get the line right it's going in.'''

It did, giving Cook an 8-under 64 and a one-stroke lead in the CareerBuilder Challenge going into the final round on the Stadium Course at PGA West. Fellow former Razorback Andrew Landry and Martin Piller were tied for second, and Jon Rahm and Scott Piercy were a another stroke back after a tricky day in wind that didn't get close to the predicted gusts of 40 mph.

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''I know that I wouldn't have wanted to play the Stadium today,'' Cook said. ''I think we got a great draw with the courses that we got to play on the days that we got to play them.''

Cook played the final six holes on the front nine in 6 under with an eagle and four birdies.

''Starting on my fourth hole, I was able to make a birdie and kind of get the ball rolling and it never really stopped rolling,'' Cook said. ''Kip and I were doing really good at seeing the line on the greens.''

After a bogey on 10, he birdied 11, 12 and 15 and parred the final three to get to 19-under 197.

''I think that tonight the nerves, the butterflies, all that will kind of be a little less,'' Cook said. ''I've been in the situation before and I was able to finish the job on Sunday. I think it would be a little different if I didn't play like I did on Sunday at Sea Island.''

He's making his first start in the event.

''I came in from Hawaii on Monday, so I only had two days to prepare for three courses,'' Cook said.

Landry, the second-round leader, had a 70 at the Stadium. Piller, the husband of LPGA tour player Gerina Piller, shot a 67 at La Quinta. Winless on the PGA Tour, they will join Cook in the final threesome.

''Piller's a good guy and we have played a lot together and same with Cookie,'' said Landry, the only player without a bogey after 54 holes. ''Hope the Hogs are going to come out on top.''

Rahm had a 70 at the Stadium to reach 17 under. The third-ranked 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.

''A little bit of a survival day,'' Rahm said.

The wind was more of a factor on the more exposed and tighter Stadium Course.

''The course is firming up,'' Rahm said. ''I know if we have similar wind to today, if we shoot something under par, you'll be way up there contesting it over the last few holes.''

Piercy had a 66 at the Stadium.

''I controlled my ball really well today,'' he said.

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 the Nicklaus Course, and Harkins shot 68 at the Stadium.

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 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. He had three early straight double bogeys in a 77 on the Stadium that left him 1 over.

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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Phil 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.