Its Officially Deer Season

By July 27, 2002, 4:00 pm
Some golfers say they like it better when they are being chased. And then there are some who say they would prefer to be the ones doing the chasing.
But when you shoot an opening round of 60 in a tournament, you really dont have a choice. You are the one that will be hunted. And at this weeks TNT Open in Hilversum, Netherlands, the field of golfers have officially declared it deer season. As in Germanys Tobias Dier.
Dier shot his second straight 67, to go along with that opening day 60, and maintains a three-stroke advantage going into Sundays final.
With the Hilversumsche golf course yielding some very low scores all week, tomorrows fourth round will look to be a shoot-out, and Dier quietly hopes he will not be caught in the headlights.
Irelands Padraig Harrington and Englands Mark Roe stand at 13-under-par, three back of the leader.
Harrington fired a bogey-free round of 64, his best of the tournament, and has his sights on Dier and his first victory of the year.

Roe struggled at times but still managed to card a 66, which included four birdied, three bogies, and an eagle at the 18th, where he hit his approach to within three feet for the tap-in three on the closing par-5.

Swedens Pierre Fulke and Australias Peter Lonard are just four back of the lead at 12-under.
Fulke used a strong finish, with birdies on five of his last seven holes, to keep his chances alive.
Lonard, after a brilliant 63 on Friday, got off to a lackluster start but closed with birdies on 16, 17, and 18 to shot a 68.
After enjoying two bogey-free rounds Thursday and Friday, Dier finally ran into some trouble, giving shots back on both the fourth and 10th holes. But seeing his lead slowly dwindle and holding on to a precarious one shot lead on 18, Dier hit his second shot to 25 feet of the pin on the par-5 18th. Nailing the left to right breaking putt for eagle, it gave Dier a three shot cushion.
It also gave him a much needed head start tomorrow, when the hunted Dier tries to make it out of the woods alive. And with a victory.
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Watch: Reed races in 40-footer to put away Spieth

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 10:19 pm

Three up with three holes to play at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Patrick Reed missed an opportunity to close out his match with Jordan Spieth when Spieth won the 16th hole with a birdie.

But Reed wouldn't let the match move to 18. Putting for birdie from the apron, 40 feet from the hole, at the par-3 17th, Reed raced in this putt to end the match.

With the win, Reed moved to 3-0-0 for the week and advanced to the weekend at Austin Country Club.

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Garcia's win-win situation: Move on or baby time

By Rex HoggardMarch 23, 2018, 9:45 pm

AUSTIN, Texas – Given his status as one of Europe’s preeminent Ryder Cup players, Sergio Garcia’s record at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play is nothing short of inexplicable.

In 15 starts at the event, the Spaniard has played the weekend just once – in 2010 when he lost in the semifinals to Ian Poulter – and since the event pivoted to round-robin play he’s never made it out of the group stages.

His fortunes have changed dramatically this year, with Garcia going undefeated in pool play and cruising to the Sweet 16 following a 3-and-1 victory over Xander Schauffele on Friday.

“I would love to have done a little better than I have,” said Garcia, who will play Kyle Stanley in the Round of 16 early Saturday. “I have had some good weeks here. But not probably as good as I should have. So hopefully this week it will be better.”

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Garcia made no secret of the source of his turnaround following the birth of his first child last Wednesday, a girl named Azalea. Even on Friday when he found himself 2 down through 11 holes and in danger of not advancing he kept an upbeat attitude.

“The way I looked at it, when I was 2 down, we're going to try to turn it around, but if we don't, it means that I get to spend more time with [his wife] Angela and Azalea for the weekend,” Garcia said. “I tried to look at it in a good way.”

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DeLaet: WGC's robin-robin format 'sucks'

By Grill Room TeamMarch 23, 2018, 9:20 pm

Graham DeLaet isn't teeing it up at Austin Country Club this week because he didn't qualify for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, but that doesn't mean he lacks an opinion on the event's format.

DeLaet hopped on social media Friday during Day 3 of the WGC-Match Play to torch the round-robin format that's been in place for three years, saying he much preferred the single elimination that was in place when he played in 2014.

"Played Match Play in Tucson in 2014. Early group on Wednesday, lost. Threw clubs in my car and was on my couch in Scottsdale by 2:00 pm. Collect 30K and spend the weekend at home, he tweeted. "That’s a good format. This one sucks."

DeLeat's comments may be the strongest to date, but he's not alone in his opposition to pool play. Several players lamented Friday's "meaningless" matches earlier this week, and Henrik Stenson cited the lack of a do-or-die atmosphere as his reason for skipping the event.

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Watch: Kuchar makes ace at WGC-Dell Match Play

By Golf Channel DigitalMarch 23, 2018, 9:09 pm

In his bid to advance to the weekend at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, Matt Kuchar aced the par-3 seventh hole Friday at Austin Country Club.

With an 8-iron from 181 yards, Kuchar landed his ball short of the flag and watched it roll and roll ... and drop.

The hole-in-one moved Kuchar 3 Up in match against Ross Fisher. 

The last hole-in-one at the Match Play came in Sunday's consolation match last year, when Hideto Tanihara aced the same hole before later losing to Bill Haas.