Match by match: Round 2 WGC-Accenture results

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 20, 2014, 10:50 pm

With the field pared to 32, match play continued Thursday at Dove Mountain. Here's a look at the results from the second round of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship:

HOGAN BRACKET

Sergio Garcia (2) def. Bill Haas (7), 3 and 1: Garcia faced a 2-down deficit after seven holes Thursday, but managed to bounce back with an eagle on the par-5 eighth. The match was even when the pair stepped to the 14th tee, but from that point the Spaniard took command, winning three of the final four holes. With the win, Garcia advances past the second round in this event for just the second time since 2006.

Rickie Fowler (14) def. Jimmy Walker (6), 1 up: One day after taking out match-play stalwart Ian Poulter, Fowler added another scalp to his collection by taking out arguably the Tour's hottest player. The match was both closely contested and well-played, with both players pouring in birdies and neither holding larger than a 1-up lead. Fowler took the upper hand with a win on the 17th, though, and held off Walker with par save on the home hole. He'll now face Garcia in what should be a rather intriguing third-round match.

Jim Furyk (5) def. Charl Schwartzel (4), 3 and 2: Schwartzel won two of the first three holes to take an early advantage, but Furyk turned the tide by winning three straight holes from Nos. 11-13. After the South African made double bogey on No. 16, Furyk won his fifth hole of the back nine, and as a result he advances to play again on Friday.

Harris English (9) def. Rory McIlroy (1), 19 holes: This was one of the day's best matches, and closely contested throughout. English was 2-up through 13 holes but the Ulsterman rallied, winning three holes in a row to take a slim advantage. English leveled things with a birdie at No. 17, though, and went on to clip the former world No. 1 on the first extra hole.


SNEAD BRACKET

Victor Dubuisson (7) def. Peter Hanson (15), 3 and 1: The Frenchman stormed out to an early lead, winning each of the first three holes, but Hanson leveled the match by winning three of the next four. The Swede was ultimately undone by the four par-5s at Dove Mountain, playing them in 3 over Thursday, and never led during the match. Dubuisson padded his lead to 2 up on No. 13 and closed things out when Hanson conceded on the 17th green.

Bubba Watson (3) def. Jonas Blixt (11), 2 up: Watson built a quick 3-up advantage over Blixt, though the Swede battled back and was eventually able to trim his deficit to only 1 down heading to 18. Blixt pulled his final tee shot though and ended up underneath a jumping cholla near the green - hardly ideal position. The hole was conceded shortly thereafter, and Bubba will now face Dubuisson on Friday.

Hunter Mahan (8) def. Richard Sterne (16), 2 up: After dispatching Zach Johnson on Wednesday, Sterne put forth another solid effort and actually led for much of the match. Mahan squared things with the South African on the 15th hole, then won each of the final two to advance at an event where he won in 2012 and finished second in 2013.

Graeme McDowell (4) def. Hideki Matsuyama (5), 1 up: Matsuyama built a 3-up advantage after just six holes, but the Ulsterman slowly whittled away at his deficit and squared the match for the first time on No. 17. He took his first lead of the day one hole later, closing out the Japanese phenom with a ticklish 15-foot, downhill put to set up a 2010 Ryder Cup rematch with Mahan.


PLAYER BRACKET

Jordan Spieth (3) def. Thomas Bjorn (6), 5 and 4: Several of the second-round matches were closely contested, but this one was over quickly. Spieth won four of the first seven holes to build a sizeable advantage and then held on to defeat the Danish veteran, who failed to win a single hole during the match. Spieth certainly didn't give him much of a window - the 20-year-old's only bogey Thursday came on the 12th hole, at which point he had already amassed a 5-up lead.

Matt Kuchar (2) def. Ryan Moore (7), 1 up: Two former U.S. Amateur champs played a close match Thursday, but it was the defending champ at Dove Mountain who ultimately emerged victorious. While 15 of the 18 holes were halved in the match, Kuchar's win with a birdie on No. 15 proved to be the difference, and he'll now face Spieth in a compelling third-round matchup.

Jason Dufner (4) def. Matteo Manassero (12), 2 and 1: The young Italian had a 2-up lead through eight holes, and Dufner didn't lead the match until he left the 16th green with a 1-up advantage. The match appeared to be heading to the final hole until Dufner's chip from behind the 17th green rattled the pin and dropped, giving him an unexpected birdie. The reigning PGA champ won the match moments later when Manassero was unable to convert a birdie try of his own from the edge of the green.

Ernie Els (8) def. Justin Rose (1), 20 holes: Els had the early lead, but he had to hole a long par putt on 18 to send the match to extra holes. After birdies were exchanged on the 19th, Rose flubbed a greenside bunker shot on the 20th hole to give Els the advantage. Els was able to get up and down from an awkward lie and defeat the U.S. Open champion.


JONES BRACKET

Louis Oosthuizen (8) def. Henrik Stenson (1), 4 and 3: This event has long been cold to its top overall seed, and that trend continued this week as Stenson was sent to an early exit on Thursday. Oosthuizen won three of the first four holes - twice via concession - and never really looked back, as he held at least a two-hole advantage from the second hole onward.

Webb Simpson (5) def. Brandt Snedeker (4), 4 and 3: In a match pairing two match play veterans, Simpson amassed a 4-up lead after just six holes and managed to keep the former FedEx Cup champ at bay from that point. Snedeker trimmed his deficit to 2-down after 10, but Simpson won the next hole and wasn't closely challenged again. He'll now play Oosthuizen on Friday in a contest between two former major winners.

Jason Day (2) def. Billy Horschel (10), 22 holes: This match seemed to be over quickly, as Horschel won three straight holes from Nos. 2-4. Day rallied back across the inward nine, though, and finally drew even with Horschel after 16 holes. The duo halved a number of holes from that point, but Day finally broke the deadlock with an accurate approach on the 22nd hole that led to a clinching birdie.

George Coetzee (14) def. Patrick Reed (11), 21 holes: Reed let one get away in this match, as he led the entire back nine and held a 1-up advantage on the 18th hole. WIth Coetzee off the green, Reed found trouble with his approach and the South African was granted new life. Coetzee ended one of the day's longer matches when he stuffed his approach to the 21st hole and Reed was unable to hole a lengthy birdie try of his own.

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Weather extends Barbasol to Monday finish

By Associated PressJuly 23, 2018, 12:25 am

NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. - A thunderstorm has suspended the fourth round of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship until Monday morning.

Sunday's third stoppage of play at Champions Trace at Keene Trace Golf Club came with the four leaders - Hunter Mahan, Robert Streb, Tom Lovelady and Troy Merritt at 18 under par - and four other contenders waiting to begin the round.

The tournament will resume at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Lightning caused one delay, and play was stopped earlier in the afternoon to clear water that accumulated on the course following a morning of steady and sometimes-heavy rain.

Inclement weather has plagued the tournament throughout the weekend. The second round was completed Saturday morning after being suspended by thunderstorms late Friday afternoon.

The resumption will mark the PGA Tour's second Monday finish this season. Jason Day won the Farmers Insurance Open in January after darkness delayed the sixth playoff hole, and he needed just 13 minutes to claim the victory.

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Watch: Spectator films as Woods' shot hits him

By Will GrayJuly 23, 2018, 12:07 am

It was a collision watched by millions of fans on television, and one that came at a pivotal juncture as Tiger Woods sought to win The Open. It also gave Colin Hauck the story of a lifetime.

Hauck was among dozens of fans situated along the left side of the 11th hole during the final round at Carnoustie as the pairing of Woods and Francesco Molinari hit their approach shots. After 10 holes of nearly flawless golf, Woods missed the fairway off the tee and then pulled his iron well left of the target.

The ball made square contact with Hauck, who hours later tweeted a video showing the entire sequence - even as he continued to record after Woods' shot sent him tumbling to the ground:

The bounce initially appeared fortuitous for Woods, as his ball bounded away from thicker rough and back toward the green. But an ambitious flop shot came up short, and he eventually made a double bogey to go from leading by a shot to trailing by one. He ultimately shot an even-par 71, tying for sixth two shots behind Molinari.

For his efforts as a human shield, Hauck received a signed glove and a handshake from Woods - not to mention a firsthand video account that will be sure to spark plenty of conversations in the coming years.

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Molinari retirement plan: coffee, books and Twitter

By Will GrayJuly 22, 2018, 9:35 pm

After breaking through for his first career major, Francesco Molinari now has a five-year exemption on the PGA Tour, a 10-year exemption in Europe and has solidified his standing as one of the best players in the world.

But not too long ago, the 35-year-old Italian was apparently thinking about life after golf.

Shortly after Molinari rolled in a final birdie putt to close out a two-shot victory at The Open, fellow Tour player Wesley Bryan tweeted a picture of a note that he wrote after the two played together during the third round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in China in October. In it, Bryan shared Molinari's plans to retire as early as 2020 to hang out at cafes and "become a Twitter troll":

Molinari is active on the social media platform, with more than 5,600 tweets sent out to nearly 150,000 followers since joining in 2010. But after lifting the claret jug at Carnoustie, it appears one of the few downsides of Molinari's victory is that the golf world won't get to see the veteran turn into a caffeinated, well-read troll anytime soon.

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Molinari had previously avoided Carnoustie on purpose

By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 9:17 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Sometimes a course just fits a player’s eye. They can’t really describe why, but more often than not it leads to solid finishes.

Francesco Molinari’s relationship with Carnoustie isn’t like that.

The Italian played his first major at Carnoustie, widely considered the toughest of all The Open venues, in 2007, and his first impression hasn’t really changed.

“There was nothing comforting about it,” he said on Sunday following a final-round 69 that lifted him to a two-stroke victory.


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In fact, following that first exposure to the Angus coast brute, Molinari has tried to avoid Carnoustie, largely skipping the Dunhill Links Championship, one of the European Tour’s marquee events, throughout his career.

“To be completely honest, it's one of the reasons why I didn't play the Dunhill Links in the last few years, because I got beaten up around here a few times in the past,” he said. “I didn't particularly enjoy that feeling. It's a really tough course. You can try and play smart golf, but some shots, you just have to hit it straight. There's no way around it. You can't really hide.”

Molinari’s relative dislike for the layout makes his performance this week even more impressive considering he played his last 37 holes bogey-free.

“To play the weekend bogey-free, it's unthinkable, to be honest. So very proud of today,” he said.