Match-by-match results: WGC-Cadillac Day 3

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 1, 2015, 8:18 pm

The final day of group-play matches is over at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship. Follow along here to see how the matches unfolded, and who moved on to the Round of 16 at TPC Harding Park:

Group 1: (53) Jason Dufner def. (35) Brandt Snedeker, 1 up: Neither player had a chance to advance, but Dufner earned his first win of the week with three birdies across his final seven holes, including a birdie on the last to take a lead in the match for the first time over Snedeker (0-3).

Group 1: (1) Rory McIlroy def. (18) Billy Horschel, 20 holes: Horschel led the entire way and appeared to have things on ice, taking a 2-up lead when McIlroy bogeyed No. 14. McIlroy then won the last two holes with birdies, and he capped off a remarkable rally to win the group when Horschel missed his par putt on the second extra hole.

Group 2: (62) Mikko Ilonen def. (40) Matt Every, 8 and 6: This one won't make the highlight reel. Both players were 0-2 and only Ilonen seemingly showed up for the final match, crushing Every after the Finn held a 7-up lead through nine holes.

Group 2: (26) Lee Westwood def. (2) Jordan Spieth, 2 up: In one of the day's best matches, Westwood chipped in for par on 16 and then birdied No. 17 to take control. At 3-0, he moves on while the reigning Masters champ is eliminated in an unexpected result.

Group 3: (23) Bill Haas def. (3) Henrik Stenson, 3 and 1: Haas takes home a little extra cash and points for winning a match where both men knew they were already eliminated. He saved his best golf for last, making five birdies against no bogeys, but won't advance despite a 2-1 record. Stenson finishes 1-2.

Group 3: (60) John Senden def. (42) Brendon Todd, 1 up: Senden was already through to the next round, but he put the finishing touches on a 3-0 record in group play with three birdies across the final eight holes. He'll move on to face Mahan in the Round of 16, while Todd heads home without winning a match.

Group 4: (29) Louis Oosthuizen def. (4) Bubba Watson, 19 holes: This match decided the group, and Oosthuizen won it with a birdie on the first extra hole after squandering a 2-up lead through 11. He moves to 3-0 and will face Fowler, while Watson drops to 2-1 and is eliminated.

Group 4: (63) Miguel Angel Jimenez def. (33) Keegan Bradley, 2 up: This match had the week's most bizarre moment, as the two players got into a heated altercation over a ruling. Jimenez captured the win with a birdie on No. 18, moving to 1-2, while Bradley dropped to 0-3 this week and 1-9 as a pro in singles' match play.

Group 5: (5) Jim Furyk def. (17) Martin Kaymer, 20 holes. This was one of the day's best matches, as both players combined for 14 birdies and one bogey. Furyk had a short putt to win on the 18th - Kaymer already had hit hat off to shake hands - but he missed. Furyk finished the job two holes later, and won the group by virtue of Coetzee's victory in extra holes.

Group 5: (59) George Coetzee def. (44) Thongchai Jaidee, 21 holes: Jaidee would have won the group with a victory, but the match instead went to Coetzee, who didn't lead the match at any point until he closed it out on the third extra hole. Both Coetzee (2-1) and Jaidee (1-2) are now heading home.

Group 6: (6) Justin Rose def. (22) Ryan Palmer, 2 and 1: Palmer won the opening hole, but Rose quickly squared the match and never trailed again. The Englishman birdied four of his first eight holes to keep alive his faint hopes of advancing to the next round.

Group 6: (56) Marc Leishman def. (34) Anirban Lahiri, 1 up: Leishman built a 2-up lead at the turn, then held on as Lahiri missed a 6-foot putt to extend the match on No. 18. The result means that the Aussie, 3-0, wins the group, and Rose is eliminated despite a 2-1 record.

Group 7: (24) Zach Johnson def. (7) Jason Day, 3 and 2: Johnson didn't lead until a birdie on No. 13, but he won the match when Day failed to convert a birdie putt on No. 16. Johnson moves to 2-1, while the defending champ drops to 0-3.

Group 7: (38) Branden Grace def. (49) Charley Hoffman, 2 and 1: This was a well-played match, with each player 4 under through eight holes, but Grace never trailed. His win set up a three-man playoff between Grace, Hoffman and Johnson, all 2-1, to decide the group winner, which Grace won on the third extra hole.

Group 8: (8) Dustin Johnson def. (21) Victor Dubuisson, 2 and 1: Johnson won the first hole and built a 3-up lead through eight holes before Dubuisson with four wins in a five-hole stretch. Johnson regained momentum with three straight birdies on Nos. 14-16 to win the match, but he was eliminated nonetheless.

Group 8: (37) Charl Schwartzel def. (58) Matt Jones, 20 holes: Jones held a slim 1-up lead after six, but Schwartzel won the next two holes and never trailed again. Jones squared the match with a birdie on No. 18, but Schwartzel won it on the second extra hole, and at 3-0 he wins the group over Johnson (2-1).

Group 9: (25) Chris Kirk def. (9) Adam Scott, 1 up: Scott built a 2-up lead through seven holes, but Kirk won the next three holes to take the lead and never trailed again. He won the match on No. 18 after nearly making an albatross, moving to 2-1 while Scott ends the week 0-3.

Group 9: (36) Paul Casey def. (64) Francesco Molinari, 1 up: Molinari raced to a 4-up lead at the turn before Casey put on a furious rally, winning six holes on the back nine. Molinari missed short putts on both Nos. 16 and 17 to surrender the momentum, and at 3-0 Casey wins the group.

Group 10: (30) Jamie Donaldson def. (10) Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1: The Welshman won each of the first three holes, then birdied Nos. 16 and 17 to eliminate Garcia. Donaldson would have advanced if Wiesberger beat Fleetwood in the group's other match, but instead was eliminated.

Group 10: (54) Tommy Fleetwood def. (39) Bernd Wiesberger, 19 holes: Wiesberger was 2-up at the turn, but Fleetwood closed with four back-nine birdies and then won on the first extra hole. Combined with Donaldson's victory in the other match, Fleetwood moves on to the next round.

Group 11: (27) Ian Poulter def. (11) Jimmy Walker, 4 and 2: Poulter tweeted Friday about his match's lack of meaning, but he won it anyway. Walker led for much of the front nine, but Poulter won six of the final 10 holes of the match to drop the group's top-seeded player to 0-3.

Group 11: (50) Gary Woodland def. (46) Webb Simpson, 1 up: Woodland held a slim 1-up lead for nearly the entire match, and held on for victory when Simpson's birdie putt on No. 18 missed the target. The defeat dropped Simpson to 2-1, and Woodland, 3-0, will meet Leishman in the Round of 16.

Group 12: (12) J.B. Holmes def. (20) Brooks Koepka, 2 and 1: Holmes made only one bogey, and when Koepka bogeyed the 17th, the match was over. Both players finished 2-1 but Holmes won the group by virtue of his head-to-head victory.

Group 12: (45) Russell Henley def. (51) Marc Warren, 1 up: Henley opened with nine straight pars, allowing Warren to build a 3-up lead in the process, but the American squared the match on No. 15 and won it with a birdie on No. 18. Both players are eliminated with 1-2 records.

Group 13: (13) Rickie Fowler def. (32) Graeme McDowell, 5 and 4: Fowler had already advanced to the Round of 16, but he picked up some extra momentum by sending McDowell home with an 0-3 record. Fowler, 3-0, birdied five of his first seven holes and played the match's 14 holes in 8 under.

Group 13: (55) Harris English def. (47) Shane Lowry, 1 up: Both players were already eliminated, but English ended his week on a high note after a late rally. Lowry held a 3-up lead after 14 holes before the American closed by winning each of the last four holes of the match.

Group 14: (32) Hunter Mahan def. (14) Matt Kuchar, 5 and 4: Mahan's blitz through this event continues. After not losing a single hole in his first two matches, Mahan steamrolled Kuchar to advance to the Round of 16 with a 3-0 record. It took him only 41 holes to dispatch of Kuchar, Gallacher and Martin. He'll face Senden on Saturday.

Group 14: (61) Ben Martin def. (41) Stephen Gallacher, 20 holes: Martin never led in the match until its final hole, but he birdied three of his last four holes and then birdied each of the two holes of sudden death. He is eliminated despite a 2-1 record, while Gallacher dropped to 0-3.

Group 15: (15) Patrick Reed def. (28) Ryan Moore, 1 up: Reed was 5 up after nine holes, but Moore cut into the deficit and made Reed go the distance. An up-and-down on the final hole allowed Reed to finally close it out, but he was eliminated when Willett defeated Sullivan.

Group 15: (48) Danny Willett def. (57) Andy Sullivan, 1 up: Willett never trailed, building a 2-up lead at the turn and holding on for the win after Sullivan missed a short putt on No. 18 to send it to extra holes. At 3-0, Willett also wins the group and will face Westwood in the Round of 16.

Group 16: (16) Hideki Matsuyama def. (20) Kevin Na, 5 and 4: Matsuyama turned a close match into a rout, with birdies on four of his last five holes. The victory moves him to 3-0 and books his ticket to the Round of 16, while Na (1-2) is eliminated.

Group 16: (43) Joost Luiten def. (52) Alexander Levy, 1 up: The day's final match was one of its better contests, as Luiten shot 8 under while Levy was 6 under with an eagle and only one bogey. The match was all square through 17 but Luiten moved to 2-1 with his eighth and final birdie of the day on No. 18, dropping Levy to 0-3.

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Storms halt Barbasol before Lincicome tees off

By Associated PressJuly 20, 2018, 11:29 pm

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - Brittany Lincicome will have to wait until the weekend to resume her bid to make the cut in a PGA Tour event.

Overnight storms delayed the start of the second round Friday in the Barbasol Championship, and an afternoon thunderstorm suspended competition for good. The round will resume Saturday morning with much of the field still to play.

The second stoppage at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came 20 minutes before Lincicome's scheduled tee time.

Lincicome was near the bottom of the field after opening with a 6-over 78 on Thursday. The first LPGA player since Michelle Wie in 2008 to start a PGA Tour event, she needs a huge rebound to join Babe Zaharias (1945) as the only female players to make the cut.

Troy Merritt had the clubhouse lead at 15 under, following an opening 62 with a 67.

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Third-round tee times for the 147th Open

By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 20, 2018, 9:05 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eighteen major champions made the cut at The Open and will be playing the weekend at Carnoustie, including 60-year-old ageless wonder Bernhard Langer, and both major champs so far this year, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka.

Twenty-four-year-old Gavin Green will be first off solo Saturday at 4:15 a.m. ET. Reed and Rhys Enoch will follow along 10 minutes later.

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Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, both at even par for the tournament, six shots behind leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner, are in consecutive groups. Mickelson is playing with Austin Cook at 8:05 a.m. and Woods is with South Africa’s Shaun Norris at 8:15 a.m.

Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler, both three shots off the lead, are also in consecutive groups. Fowler is at 10 a.m. with Thorbjorn Olesen and Spieth is 10 minutes later with Kevin Chappell. Rory McIlroy, looking to win his first major since the 2014 PGA Championship, is at 10:40 a.m. with Xander Schauffele. McIlroy is two shots behind.

Johnson and Kisner are last off at 11 a.m.

4:15AM ET: Gavin Green

4:25AM ET: Rhys Enoch, Patrick Reed

4:35AM ET: Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Justin Rose

4:45AM ET: Yusaku Miyazato, Tyrrell Hatton

4:55AM ET: Ross Fisher, Keegan Bradley

5:05AM ET: Ryan Fox, Jason Dufner

5:15AM ET: Bryson DeChambeau, Henrik Stenson

5:25AM ET: Tom Lewis, Sam Locke (a)

5:35AM ET: Paul Casey, Chris Wood

5:45AM ET: Bernhard Langer, Rafa Cabrera Bello

6:00AM ET: Paul Dunne, Brett Rumford

6:10AM ET: Masahiro Kawamura, Shubhankar Sharma

6:20AM ET: Cameron Smith, Brendan Steele

6:30AM ET: Marc Leishman, Lee Westwood

6:40AM ET: Byeong Hun An, Kevin Na

6:50AM ET: Julian Suri, Adam Hadwin

7:00AM ET: Gary Woodland, Si-Woo Kim

7:10AM ET: Yuta Ikeda, Satoshi Kodaira

7:20AM ET: Marcus Kinhult, Thomas Pieters

7:30AM ET: Beau Hossler, Haotong Li

7:45AM ET: Cameron Davis, Sean Crocker

7:55AM ET: Louis Oosthuizen, Stewart Cink

8:05AM ET: Phil Mickeslon, Austin Cook

8:15AM ET: Tiger Woods, Shaun Norris

8:25AM ET: Lucas Herbert, Michael Kim

8:35AM ET: Jason Day, Francesco Molinari

8:45AM ET: Sung Kang, Webb Simpson

8:55AM ET: Patrick Cantlay, Eddie Pepperell

9:05AM ET: Matthew Southgate, Brooks Koepka

9:15AM ET: Kyle Stanley, Adam Scott

9:30AM ET: Charley Hoffman, Alex Noren

9:40AM ET: Ryan Moore, Brandon Stone

9:50AM ET: Luke List, Danny Willett

10:00AM ET: Thorbjorn Olesen, Rickie Fowler

10:10AM ET: Jordan Spieth, Kevin Chappell

10:20AM ET: Zander Lombard, Tony Finau

10:30AM ET: Matt Kuchar, Erik Van Rooyen

10:40AM ET: Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele

10:50AM ET: Pat Perez, Tommy Fleetwood

11:00AM ET: Kevin Kisner, Zach Johnson

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Facial hair Fowler's new good-luck charm

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 8:12 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Before, during and after the Fourth of July, Rickie Fowler missed a few appointments with his razor.

He arrived in the United Kingdom for last week’s Scottish Open still unshaved and he tied for sixth place. Fowler, like most golfers, can give in to superstition, so he's decided to keep the caveman look going for this week’s Open Championship.

“There could be some variations,” he smiled following his round on Friday at Carnoustie.

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At this rate, he may never shave again. Fowler followed an opening 70 with a 69 on Friday to move into a tie for 11th place, just three strokes off the lead.

Fowler also has some friendly competition in the beard department, with his roommate this week Justin Thomas also going for the rugged look.

“I think he kind of followed my lead in a way. I think he ended up at home, and he had a little bit of scruff going. It's just fun,” Fowler said. “We mess around with it. Obviously, not taking it too seriously. But like I said, ended up playing halfway decent last week, so I couldn't really shave it off going into this week.”

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Spieth (67) rebounds from tough Round 1 finish

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:55 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Guess whose putter is starting to heat up again at a major?

Even with a few wayward shots Friday at Carnoustie, Jordan Spieth made a significant climb up the leaderboard in the second round, firing a 4-under 67 to move just three shots off the lead.

Spieth showed his trademark grit in bouncing back from a rough finish Thursday, when he mis-clubbed on the 15th hole, leading to a double bogey, and ended up playing the last four holes in 4 over.

“I don’t know if I actually regrouped,” he said. “It more kind of fires me up a little.”

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Spieth missed more than half of his fairways in the second round, but he was able to play his approach shots from the proper side of the hole. Sure, he “stole a few,” particularly with unlikely birdies on Nos. 10 and 11 after errant drives, but he took advantage and put himself in position to defend his claret jug.

Spieth needed only 25 putts in the second round, and he credited a post-round adjustment Thursday for the improvement. The tweak allows his arms to do more of the work in his stroke, and he said he felt more confident on the greens.

“It’s come a long way in the last few months, no doubt,” he said.

More than anything, Spieth was relieved not to have to play “cut-line golf” on Friday, like he’s done each start since his spirited run at the Masters.

“I know that my swing isn’t exactly where I want it to be; it’s nowhere near where it was at Birkdale,” he said. “But the short game is on point, and the swing is working in the right direction to get the confidence back.”