Leonard has advanced past the first round in four out of his seven Match Play starts, he solidified his status as a Ryder Cup thoroughbred last year in Kentucky and has been clutch through three rounds in the Arizona desert.
And heres a telling thought, Leonards caddie Brian Smith warned Thursday night that his man had, putted well, but hasnt run the tables yet. Probably not what quarterfinal opponent Ross Fisher wants to hear.
The 343-yard hole is the optimal length to entice all but the shortest hitters to take a swat and its position so deep in the lineup virtually assures it will be a factor in most matches, as evidenced by Tiger Woods wayward tee ball that sailed out of bounds and sealed his second-round exit.
Match play is a unique experience for us. For them its a weekly experience, said Rocky Hambric, who represents Englands Wilson.
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The bigger question was how his rebuilt left knee would withstand the rigors of Tour golf on a hilly and lengthy layout. On that front Woods rates an incomplete, having only played 32 holes.
The real test may come in two weeks at Doral for the WGC-CA Championship, where there is no cut and, even in March, the Florida humidity can be choking.
There were nearly 100 media types waiting for Woods at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, a practice round day and a surreal scene that surprised even Woods. By Friday morning, there werent 100 media types left on property. The curiosity can also be a killer, and the truth is for every Woods and Phil Mickelson theres a Tim Clark and Nick OHern waiting to steal the show.
The Tour was quick to announce that both events would go on and a search for new titles is already underway, but the reality of it all lingers. We always said golf wasnt recession proof, now we know it.
File the Match Plays move to Dove Mountain under the be careful what you wish for category. For years, golf writers blasted La Costa near San Diego ' a seven-time home of the Match Play ' as a wanting, rain-soaked venue. La Costa may have been a tad wet, but the plants in SoCal dont hurt you.
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