Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Day 4

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 25, 2017, 4:15 pm

Here is how things played out on Day 4 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Click here for the full bracket.


Match 1: Hideto Tanihara (54) def. Ross Fisher (47), 4 and 2: In a eight-hole stretch, from Nos. 6-13, Tanihara went from all square to 5 up with five to play. Fisher extended the match with birdies at 14 and 15 but his luck ran out when he sailed the 16th green, sending Taniara to the semifinals.

Match 2: Jon Rahm (21) def. Soren Kjeldsen (62), 7 and 5: A perfect 5-0 this week, Rahm has won his last three matches 6 and 4, 6 and 4, 7 and 5. He went 1 up through one in the quarters and needed only 13 holes before Kjeldsen conceded. Rahm has lost one hole in his last three matches. 

Match 3: Bill Haas (42) def. Phil Mickelson (14), 2 and 1: Haas won the opening hole and was 3 up at the turn before Mickelson started to chip away. Lefty cut his deficit to 1 down but could get no closer. Haas extended his lead back to 2 up on the 15th and closed out Mickelson with a two-putt par on 17. For his efforts, Haas gets the red-hot Rahm.

Match 4: Dustin Johnson (1) def. Alex Noren (8), 3 and 2: Johnson saw a 3 up lead evaporate in three holes when Noren took Nos. 10-12. But birdie putts from Johnson at 13, 15 and 16 pushed Johnson through to the final four. He'll take on Tanihara on Sunday morning.

Sunday's semifinal matches look like this:

No. 1 Dustin Johnson vs. No. 54 Hideto Tanihara
No. 21 Jon Rahm vs. No. 42 Bill Haas


Match 1: Bill Haas (42) def. Kevin Na (46), 1 up: Na was 2 down after 12 holes, but he made two straight birdies to square the match heading to the par-4 15th. Both players missed the green, but Haas was able to get up-and-down for par to regain the lead. 

Match 2: Phil Mickelson (14) def. Marc Leishman (28), 4 and 3: Lefty was 5 up after 10 holes, but Leishman briefly bounced back with wins on 11 and 12. Mickelson closed out the match after Leishman made a mess of the par-4 15th.

Match 3: Jon Rahm (21) def. Charles Howell III (61), 6 and 4: A day after beating Sergio Garcia, 6 and 4, Rahm did the same thing to Howell. The 22-year-old Spaniard was 2 up after three holes and never looked back as he closed out the match with a birdie on the par-4 14th.

Match 4: Soren Kjeldsen (62) def. William McGirt (48), 5 and 4: Kjeldsen had the day off on Friday after Gary Woodland withdrew, and he didn't show any signs of rust against McGirt. The Dane went 3 up thru 9 when McGirt made two straight bogeys, and Kjeldsen secured the win with a birdie on the par-4 14th.

Match 5: Hideto Tanihara (54) def. Paul Casey (12), 2 and 1: Tanihara never trailed in the match and continued his surprising run into the quarterfinals with birdies on 16 and 17 to beat Casey.

Match 6: Ross Fisher (47) def. Bubba Watson (13), 4 and 3: Fisher was 1 down after seven holes, but Watson made two straight bogeys to hand Fisher the lead heading to the back nine. Fisher was solid the rest of the way and finished off Watson by holing out from a greenside bunker at the par-4 15th.

Match 7: Alex Noren (8) def. Brooks Koepka (20), 3 and 1: Koepka had the momentum heading into his match against Noren, but the Swede took the lead early and never trailed. After Koepka hit his tee shot into the hazard at the par-3 17th, Noren closed him out with a laser to 3 feet.

Match 8: Dustin Johnson (1) def. Zach Johnson (44), 5 and 4: The No. 1 player in the world continued to play like he's the man to beat. DJ won the first hole, was 4 up after nine holes and easily won with a birdie on 14.

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Cabreras win PNC Father/Son Challenge

By Associated PressDecember 17, 2017, 11:36 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. closed with a 12-under 60 for a three-shot victory in their debut at the PNC Father/Son Challenge.

The Cabreras opened with a 59 at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club and were challenged briefly by the defending champions, David Duval and Nick Karavites, in the scramble format Sunday. The Argentines went out in 30, and they had a two-shot lead with Cabrera's son came within an inch of chipping in for eagle on the final hole.

They finished at 25-under 199 for a three-shot victory over Duval and Karavites, and Bernhard Langer and Jason Langer. The Langer team won in 2014.

Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara tied for fourth at 21 under with Jerry Pate and Wesley Pate.

Cabrera wasn't even in the field until two-time U.S. Open champion Curtis Strange and his son, Tom Strange, had to withdraw.

Duval and his stepson went out in 28, but the Cabreras regained control by starting the back nine with back-to-back birdies, and then making birdies on the 13th, 14th and 16th. The final birdie allowed them to tie the tournament scoring record.

''This is certain my best week of the year,'' said Cabrera, the 2009 Masters champion and 2007 U.S. Open champion at Oakmont. ''To play alongside all the legends ... as well as playing alongside my son, has been the greatest week of the year.''

The popular event is for players who have won a major championship or The Players Championship. It is a scramble format both days.

In some cases, the major champions lean on the power of their sons for the distance. O'Meara said Saturday that his ''little man'' hit it 58 yards by him on the 18th. And on Sunday, Stewart Cink said son Reagan told him after outdriving him on the opening four holes, ''In this tournament I may be your son, but right now I'm your Daddy!''

Jack Nicklaus played with his grandson, G.T. They closed with a 64 and tied for 15th in the field of 20 teams.

Rose wins; Aphibarnrat earns Masters bid in Indonesia

By Will GrayDecember 17, 2017, 1:59 pm

Justin Rose continued his recent run of dominance in Indonesia, while Kiradech Aphibarnrat snagged a Masters invite with some 72nd-hole dramatics.

Rose cruised to an eight-shot victory at the Indonesian Masters, carding bookend rounds of 10-under 62 that featured a brief run at a 59 during the final round. The Englishman was the highest-ranked player in the field and he led wire-to-wire, with Thailand's Phachara Khongwatmai finishing second.

Rose closes out the year as perhaps the hottest player in the world, with top-10 finishes in each of his final 10 worldwide starts. That stretch includes three victories, as Rose also won the WGC-HSBC Champions and Turkish Airlines Open. He hasn't finished outside the top 10 in a tournament since missing the cut at the PGA Championship.

Meanwhile, it took until the final hole of the final tournament of 2017 for Aphibarnrat to secure a return to the Masters. The Thai entered the week ranked No. 56 in the world, with the top 50 in the year-end world rankings earning invites to Augusta National. Needing an eagle on the 72nd hole, Aphibarnrat got just that to snag solo fifth place.

It means that he is projected to end the year ranked No. 49, while Japan's Yusaku Miyazato - who started the week ranked No. 58 and finished alone in fourth - is projected to finish No. 50. Aphibarnrat finished T-15 in his Masters debut in 2016, while Miyazato will make his first appearance in the spring.

The results in Indonesia mean that American Peter Uihlein and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli are projected to barely miss the year-end, top-50 cutoff. Their options for Masters qualification will include winning a full-point PGA Tour event in early 2018 or cracking the top 50 by the final March 25 cutoff.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.