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Day: Woods pulling off 'Tiger-esque' shots again

By Rex HoggardMarch 14, 2018, 8:10 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. – Few of Tiger Woods’ contemporaries have taken as much interest Woods' play over the last few weeks as Jason Day.

Woods and Day have become close friends in recent years, and the Australian can also relate to Tiger’s struggles, having endured a collection of injuries in his career. So on Sunday as Woods was vying to win for the first time in over four years at the Valspar Championship, Day was very much an attentive bystander.

“Seeing the putt go in on 17, that's Tiger-esque stuff. I mean back in the day when you're watching, you're like, 'Oh my gosh,' he pulled that off sort of thing,” Day said. “I said after the practice round at Torrey Pines that he's going to win this year. I don't know when it was, but he almost did it at Valspar, which is pretty amazing.”

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Like Woods, who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April, Day has dealt with his share of back surgeries and has spent plenty of time with Woods talking about how debilitating they can be.

“A lot of athletes understand this, that when you're injured it feels like your world is ending. You feel like sometimes you get to a point where you're like, 'Oh, I've got nothing else to give,'” Day said. “I've been injured a couple times and I felt like my career's over and I got really depressed.”

Like most of Woods’ fans, Day was surprised at how quickly the 14-time major champion has gotten himself back into contention, particularly after trading text messages with him late last year.

“I remember texting him a couple months ago saying, 'How's it going?' And he's like, ‘Yeah, I'm starting to feel no pain,’” Day said. “Now he's the favorite [to win this week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational]?”

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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.