Match-by-match results: WGC-Match Play quarterfinals

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 26, 2016, 5:30 pm

It's the weekend and every match is win-or-go-home at the WGC-Dell Match Play. Here's how the Round of 16 and quarterfinals played out Saturday:


Match 1: (3) Rory McIlroy def. (54) Chris Kirk, 4 and 3. Although he was all square at the turn, Kirk was no match for McIlroy's power. McIlroy made six birdies, Kirk only three.

Match 2: (2) Jason Day def. (18) Brooks Koepka, 3 and 2. The match was all square through nine holes before Day won the 10th, 12th and 15th. With the win, Day returned to No. 1 in the world and advanced to the semifinals, where he'll meet McIlroy on Sunday.

Match 3: (52) Rafa Cabrera Bello def. (45) Ryan Moore, 2 and 1. Although it was close, Cabrera Bello was in control the entire match as Moore won only two holes.

Match 4: (16) Louis Oosthuizen def. (8) Dustin Johnson, 2 and 1. Oosthuizen was 2 up through 15, but DJ rallied with a birdie to win the 16th. He appeared in position to even the match after hitting his tee shot close on the par-3 17th, but Oosthuizen made his 21-foot putt while DJ missed his 6-footer.

Round of 16

Match 1: (52) Rafa Cabrera Bello def. (27) Byeong-Hun An, WD: Cabrera Bello was cruising early, riding four birdies to a 4-up lead through nine. The margin stayed the same until An withdrew with a neck injury after hitting his approach to the 12th hole. With the win, Cabrera Bello earned his way into the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking and an invitation to the Masters.

Match 2:  (54) Chris Kirk def. (30) Bill Haas, 2 and 1: Haas jumped out to an early lead with a birdie on the first hole, but Kirk battled back, squaring the match on No. 5 and taking the lead for good two holes later. He closed out the 2011 FedEx Cup champion on the 17th hole.

Match 3: (3) Rory McIlroy def. (14) Zach Johnson, 1 up. Though McIlroy led most of the day, Johnson fought to the very end. The battle of the last two Open champs came down to the final hole, where Johnson poured in a clutch birdie putt and then watched McIlroy do the same to win.

Match 4: (18) Brooks Koepka def. (28) Matt Kuchar, 1 up. Much like the McIlroy-Johnson match, this one came down to the final hole. To the sound of "Kooooch" bellowing from his fans, the 2012 Players champion put the pressure on with a birdie at the last, but Koepka made a birdie of his own to advance.

Match 5: (2) Jason Day def. (15) Brandt Snedeker, 3 and 2. Coming off a little extra rest after his Friday match ended when his opponent pulled out with an injury, Day, who's playing with a back injury himself, took the lead with a par on the first hole and Snedeker never squared the match. Day finished matters with an eagle at the par-5 16th hole.

Match 6: (45) Ryan Moore def. (63) Patton Kizzire, 4 and 3. Moore made quick work of the rookie, who could've played his way into the Masters with two wins today. Kizzire only won two holes total, and Moore never trailed, closing it out with a routine par on 15.

Match 7: (8) Dustin Johnson def. (9) Patrick Reed, 3 and 2. Reed was feeling it this week after going undefeated in group play; he even showed up for his Saturday match wearing a belt buckle of himself shushing the crowd. But he ran into a buzzsaw in Johnson, who went birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie during a four-hole stretch on the back nine, a pace that Reed couldn't match.

Match 8: (16) Louis Oosthuizen def. (1) Jordan Spieth, 4 and 2. Oosthuizen pulled off the upset of the day, beating the previously undefeated Spieth. That said, the world No. 1 didn't bring his best, making three bogeys on the front nine and a double bogey after finding the water on the par-3 11th hole. Oosthuizen moved on to the quarterfinals with a birdie on No. 16.

(Note: Matches listed in order of finish)

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

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Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

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Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

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