Match by Match: Round 3 WGC-Accenture results

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 21, 2014, 11:23 pm

While 64 players began the week at Dove Mountain, we're now down to a field of just 16. Here's how things played out Friday during the third round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship:


Louis Oosthuizen (8) def. Webb Simpson (5), 5 and 4: A day after dispatching with top seed Henrik Stenson, Oosthuizen kept the train rolling right along with an easy win over Simpson. The match was tied through the first six holes, but the South African won four of the next five holes to take command and became the first player to advance to the quarterfinals.

Jason Day (2) def. George Coetzee (14), 3 and 1: The Aussie had to go the distance in both of his first two wins, but Friday's victory was somewhat easier, as he led from the third hole onward. Day kept Coetzee at bay with a quartet of back-nine birdies, including a conceded birdie on No. 17 to clinch the match. He'll now face Oosthuizen in the quarterfinals, a matchup of two men who were Presidents Cup teammates last October at Muirfield Village.


Jim Furyk (5) def. Harris English (9), 1 up: This was a well-played match for the most part, though English appeared poised for another win when he grabbed a 3-up lead through six holes. Furyk slowly made up the deficit, squaring the match on No. 12 and taking his first lead two holes later. After birdies on Nos. 16 and 17, Furyk was able to close out one of the game's rising stars with a four-footer for par on the final hole. With the win, the former Arizona Wildcat advances to the fourth round for the first time in this event.

Rickie Fowler (14) def. Sergio Garcia (2), 1 up: In easily the strangest match of the week, Garcia offered a surprising concession early in the match. It came back to bite him, as the Spaniard coughed up a 3-up advantage and Fowler finally took his first lead of the day when he stuffed his approach to the 18th. Garcia may get sportsmanship points, but Fowler is the one moving on to face Furyk Saturday in an all-American quarterfinal.


Victor Dubuisson (7) def. Bubba Watson (3), 1 up: Dubuisson won each of the first two holes Friday and never trailed in the match, but Watson certainly didn't go quietly. The former Masters champ followed an eagle on No. 15 with a birdie two holes later to trim his deficit to just 1 down, but ultimately Watson was undone by an errant approach on the final hole. When his chip from off the green failed to drop, the Frenchman was able to advance by the slimmest of margins.

Graeme McDowell (4) def. Hunter Mahan (8), 21 holes: McDowell continues to defy convention this week, as he won for the third straight day despite the fact that he has yet to tee off while leading in a match. Mahan held a 2-up lead through 16 holes but the Ulsterman rallied to force overtime, then holed a 15-footer on the second extra hole to extend the match. He ended it minutes later after Mahan found some trouble, and McDowell will now play Dubuisson Saturday in a match that guarantees Europe will have a representative in the semifinals.


Jordan Spieth (3) def. Matt Kuchar (2), 2 and 1: As defending champion, Kuchar proved a difficult out but even he couldn't overcome a birdie barrage from Spieth. The 20-year-old made nine birdies through 17 holes Friday, the final tally proving to be the knockout blow that snapped Kuchar's eight-match winning streak in this event. Spieth now moves on to the quarters, once again proving his ability to exceed even the loftiest of expectations against some of the game's best.

Ernie Els (8) def. Jason Dufner (4), 1 up: Els faced an early deficit, losing two of the first three holes to Dufner, but the South African was able to square things quickly and did not trail after the fifth hole. Els failed to break par for the second straight day, but like his match against Justin Rose he did just enough to secure the win, closing out Dufner after his wedge to the final green ended up within three feet of the hole. He moves on to face Spieth, a player 24 years his junior.

Day, Spieth chasing Davis after Day 1 of Aussie Open

By Jason CrookNovember 23, 2017, 6:50 am

The PGA Tour is off this week but a couple of the circuit’s biggest stars – Jordan Spieth and Jason Day – are headlining the Emirates Australian Open, the first event in The Open Qualifying Series for the 2018 Open at Carnoustie. Here's how things look after the opening round, where Cameron Davis has opened up a two-shot lead:

Leaderboard: Cameron Davis (-8), Taylor MacDonald (-6), Nick Cullen (-5), Jason Day (-5), Brian Campbell (-4), Lucas Herbert (-4), Stephen Leaney (-4), Anthony Quayle (-4)

What it means: Jordan Spieth has won this event three of the last four years, including last year, but he got off to a rocky start on Thursday. Playing in the windy afternoon wave, the world No. 2 bogeyed his first two holes but rebounded with birdies on Nos. 4 and 5. It was more of the same the rest of the way as the 24-year-old carded three more bogeys and four birdies, getting into the clubhouse with a 1-under 70. While it certainly wasn't the start he was hoping for, Spieth didn't shoot himself out of the tournament with 54 holes left to play, he has plenty of time to claw his way up the leaderboard.

Round of the day: With Round 1 in the books, the solo leader, Davis, is the easy pick here. The 22-year-old Aussie who turned pro last year, came out of the gates on fire, birdieing six of his first seven holes, including four in a row on Nos. 4 through 7. He did drop a shot on the ninth hole to go out in 30 but rebounded with three more birdies on the back to card a 8-under 63. Davis, who was born in Sydney and played this year on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada. He will attempt to get his Tour card next month during qualifying in Arizona.

Best of the rest: Making his first start in his home country in four years, Day started on the 10th hole at The Australian Golf Club and made four birdies to one bogey on the back side before adding four more circles after making the turn. Unfortunately for the 30-year-old, he also added an ugly double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole and had to settle for a 5-under 66, good enough to sit T-3. Day, who has dropped to No. 12 in the world rankings, is looking for his first win on any tour since the 2016 Players Championship.

Main storyline heading into Friday: Can the upstart 22-year-old Davis hold off the star power chasing him or will he fold to the pressure of major champions in his rearview mirror? Day (afternoon) and Spieth (morning) are once again on opposite ends of the draw on Friday as they try to improve their position before the weekend.

Shot of the day: It’s tough to beat an ace in this category, and we had one of those on Thursday from Australian Brad Shilton. Shilton’s hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole came with a special prize, a $16k watch.

Quote of the day: “Just two bad holes. Pretty much just two bad swings for the day,” – Day, after his 66 on Thursday. 

Watch: Shilton wins $16k timepiece with hole-in-one

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 23, 2017, 2:50 am

Australian Brad Shilton made a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole during the first round of the Australian Open, and he was rewarded handsomely for his efforts - with a Tag Heuer watch worth $16k.

Day gets in early mix with 66 in return to Australia

By Associated PressNovember 23, 2017, 2:32 am

SYDNEY - Jason Day's first tournament round in Australia in four years was a 5-under 66 to put him among the leaders early Thursday at the Australian Open.

Day's round came unhinged late with a double-bogey 6 on the par-4 eighth hole, his second-last of the day. He hit his tee shot into the trees on the left, hit back out to the fairway, missed his approach to the green and then couldn't get up and down.

''That was brutal,'' Day said of the 481-yard hole that played into gusting winds.

But Day recovered quickly to birdie his last to sit three strokes behind fellow Australian and early leader Cameron Davis, who started on the first, had six front-nine birdies and shot 63 at The Australian Golf Club.

In between the two was Australian Taylor MacDonald, who shot 65.

''It was a pretty solid round, I didn't miss many fairways, I didn't miss many greens,'' Day said. ''I'd give myself a seven or eight out of 10.''

Defending champion Jordan Spieth, attempting to win the Australian Open for the third time in four years, was off to a poor start among the afternoon players, bogeying his first two holes.

The Sydney-born Davis played most of this season on the Mackenzie Tour in Canada and will attempt to secure his card in the final round of qualifying from Dec. 7-10 in Chandler, Arizona.

''Everything went to plan,'' Davis said. ''I got off to a great start. I was hitting my spots and was able to keep it together on the back nine.''

NOTES: Australian Brad Shilton had the first ace of the tournament, using a 5-iron for a hole-in-one on the par-3, 188-yard 11th hole, his second hole of the day. Australian veteran Geoff Ogilvy, the 2006 U.S. Open winner, shot 69. He and Rod Pampling (68) played the first round with Day.

Day: Woods feeling good, hitting it long

By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 22, 2017, 9:33 pm

Jason Day says Tiger Woods told him he feels better than he has in three years, which is good news for Woods a week ahead of his return to the PGA Tour at the Hero World Challenge.

Day, a fellow Nike endorser, was asked about Woods during his news conference at the Emirates Australian Open on Wednesday. "I did talk to him," Day said, per a report in the Sydney Morning Herald,"and he did say it's the best he's ever felt in three years'" Day said.

"He doesn't wake up with pain anymore, which is great. I said to him, 'Look, it's great to be one of the best players ever to live, but health is one thing that we all take for granted and if you can't live a happy, healthy life, then that's difficult.'"

The Hero World Challenge will be played Nov. 30-Dec. 3 in the Bahamas and broadcast on Golf Channel and NBC.

Day, who has had his own health issues, said he could empathize with Woods.

"I totally understand where he's coming from, because sometimes I wake up in the morning and it takes me 10 minutes to get out of bed, and for him to be in pain for three years is very frustrating."

Woods has not played since February after undergoing surgery following a recurrence of back problems.

"From what I see on Instagram and what he's been telling me, he says he's ready and I'm hoping that he is, because from what I hear, he's hitting it very long," Day said.

"And if he's hitting it long and straight, then that's going to be tough for us because it is Tiger Woods. He's always been a clutch putter and in amongst the best and it will be interesting to see.

"There's no pressure. I think it's a 17- or 18-man field, there's no cut, he's playing at a tournament where last year I think he had the most birdies at."