Match by Match: Round 4 WGC-Accenture results

By Golf Channel DigitalFebruary 22, 2014, 11:20 pm

While 64 players teed it up to begin the week in the Arizona desert, we're now down to just four participants at the WGC-Accenture Accenture Match Play Championship. Here's how things played out Saturday among the quarterfinalists at Dove Mountain:

JONES BRACKET

Jason Day (2) def. Louis Oosthuizen (8), 2 and 1: This was a back-and-forth match from the start, as the pair didn't halve a hole until the sixth. Oosthuizen appeared out of sorts early on, putting each of his first two tee shots into the desert and conceding the first hole to Day before Aussie hit his second shot. He made an improbable up-and-down from 270 yards to square the match on No. 2, though, and briefly took a lead with another birdie on the following hole. Eventually Day got the upper hand, making the turn with a 2-up lead and and padding his advantage to 3-up through 11 holes. Oosthuizen was battling back pain throughout the match and required treatment down the back nine, as the pain clearly hampered the South African after three days of stellar play. Ultimately Day was able to close out the match with an up-and-down on No. 17, sending the Australian to the semifinals at Dove Mountain for the second consecutive year.


HOGAN BRACKET

Rickie Fowler (14) def. Jim Furyk (5), 1 up: Fowler appeared in control early on, winning three of the first four holes Saturday after completing his much-publicized comeback against Sergio Garcia the day prior. Furyk trimmed the deficit to 1-down through eight holes, but Fowler regained his earlier advantage with wins on Nos. 9 and 11. The match appeared to be essentially on ice before Furyk staged an impressive comeback, winning four straight holes from Nos. 13-16 to take his first lead of the day. Fowler squared the match on 17, though, and Furyk faced an up-and-down from in front of the 18th green to extend the match. His chip landed short and rolled all the way back down the slope, settling in nearly the same spot as his previous shot. When his second chip failed to drop, Fowler won the match with an easy two-putt. He'll now move on to face Day in one of the two semifinal matches Sunday morning.


PLAYER BRACKET

Ernie Els (8) def. Jordan Spieth (3), 4 and 2: Spieth was perceived as one of the favorites among the eight players remaining at Dove Mountain, but the upstart Texan failed to lead at any point during his match Saturday with Els. The 44-year-old showed that experience can sometimes pay off, as Els held a slim lead for much of the front nine but increased it to 2 up with a par on No. 12. Spieth, who made nine birdies in defeating Matt Kuchar Friday, never found his stride and only won two holes the entire match. When his par putt on No. 16 lipped out, Spieth was eliminated and Els - who won the 1994 U.S. Open when Spieth was just 10 months old - moved on to Sunday. It's the first time that Els has made the semis at this event since it was played in Australia in 2001.


SNEAD BRACKET

Victor Dubuisson (7) def. Graeme McDowell (5), 1 up: McDowell made headlines by winning his first three matches despite never teeing off with a lead, though he finally took his first advantage when he won the second hole against Dubuisson. He added another win at No. 3, though the Frenchman won the next hole and neither player held larger than a 1-up lead the rest of the way. The match was level for much of the back nine, though Dubuisson finally regained an advantage when McDowell bogeyed the par-3 16th. Both players made par on No. 17, and when Dubuisson got up-and-down from in front of the 18th green, McDowell faced a must-make from 25 feet. The birdie try drifted left, and the young Frenchman moves on to face Els on Sunday.

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Watch: Gary Player tires people out with sit-ups

By Grill Room TeamJune 24, 2018, 11:33 pm

Well all know Gary Player is a fitness nut, and at 82 years young he is still in phenomenal shape.

That's why it was incredible to see two mere mortals like us try to keep up with him in a sit-up competition at the BMW International Open.

Watch the video below.

The guy in blue makes the smart decision and bows out about halfway through. But give the other guy an "A" for effort, he stuck with Player for about 60 sit-ups, and then the nine-time major champion just starts taunting him.

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Japan teen Hataoka rolls to NW Ark. win

By Associated PressJune 24, 2018, 11:07 pm

ROGERS, Ark. - Japanese teenager Nasa Hataoka ran away with the NW Arkansas Championship on Sunday for her first LPGA title

The 19-year-old Hataoka won by six strokes, closing with an 8-under 63 at Pinnacle Country Club for a tournament-record 21-under 192 total. She broke the mark of 18 under set last year by So Yeon Ryu.

Hataoka won twice late last year on the Japan LPGA and has finished in the top 10 in five of her last six U.S. LPGA starts, including a playof loss last month in the Kingsmill Championship.

Hataoka began the round tied with Minjee Lee for the lead.

Austin Ernst shot a 65 to finish second.

Lee and third-ranked Lexi Thompson topped the group at 13 under.

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Tour investigating DeChambeau's use of compass

By Will GrayJune 24, 2018, 10:09 pm

CROMWELL, Conn. – Bryson DeChambeau’s reliance on science to craft his play on the course is well known, but he took things to a new level this week at the Travelers Championship when television cameras caught him wielding a compass while looking at his yardage book during the third round.

According to DeChambeau, it’s old news. He’s been using a compass regularly to aid in his preparation for nearly two years, dating back to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in October 2016.

“I’m figuring out the true pin locations,” DeChambeau said. “The pin locations are just a little bit off every once in a while, and so I’m making sure they’re in the exact right spot. And that’s it.”


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But social media took notice this weekend, as did PGA Tour officials. DeChambeau explained that he was approached on the range Saturday and informed that the Tour plans to launch an investigation into whether or not the device is allowable in competition, with a decision expected in the next week.

It’s not the first time the 24-year-old has gone head-to-head with Tour brass, having also had a brief run with side-saddled putting earlier in his career.

“They said, ‘Hey, we just want to let you know that we’re investigating the device and seeing if it’s allowable,’” DeChambeau said. “I understand. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened.”

DeChambeau won earlier this month at the Memorial Tournament, and the Tour’s ruling would not have any retroactive impact on his results earlier this year. Playing alongside tournament winner Bubba Watson in the final round at TPC River Highlands, DeChambeau shot a final-round 68 to finish in a tie for ninth.

“It’s a compass. It’s been used for a long, long time. Sailors use it,” DeChambeau said. “It’s just funny that people take notice when I start putting and playing well.”

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Bubba fires 63 to win his third Travelers title

By Nick MentaJune 24, 2018, 9:52 pm

Bubba Watson fired a final-round 63 to storm from six back and steal the Travelers Championship. Here’s how Bubba came from behind once again at TPC River Highlands.

Leaderboard: Bubba Watson (-17), Stewart Cink (-14), Beau Hossler (-14), J.B. Holmes (-14), Paul Casey (-14)

What it means: This is Watson’s 12th PGA Tour win, his third of the season, and his third Travelers title. Watson picked up his first Tour victory at this event in 2010 – when he also came from six back – and won again in 2015 in a playoff victory over – guess who – Casey. Thinking he might need a round of 60 to scare the leader, Watson made eight birdies, the last of which came on the 72nd hole, giving him the outright lead by one. A short while later, Casey would bogey the 16th and 17th to end the drama and allow Bubba to breathe easy. With the win, Watson becomes the only Tour player to win three times this season. He moves to third in the FedExCup points race, behind two-time winners Justin Thomas and Dustin Johnson.

Round of the day: Cink’s round was a stroke better, but Bubba earns this title for winning the title. The left-hander made the turn in 2-under 33 and then ripped off five birdies on his back nine to take the clubhouse lead, which he wouldn’t relinquish.

Best of the rest: Cink looked as though he was going to record the second sub-60 round at the Travelers in the last three years. The 2009 champion golfer of the year played his first 10 holes in 7 under par on the par-70 layout. Cink added three more birdies but also added two bogeys to settle for 8-under 62, tying the round of the week. The 45-year-old has finished T-4 and T-2 in his last two starts.

Biggest disappointment: Casey (2-over 72) began the day up four and couldn’t close. Even par on his round through 15 holes, he missed a 4-footer for par on 16 and found the water off the tee at 17, ending his chances. The Englishman, who ended a nine-year Tour winless drought earlier this season at the Valspar, is now 1 for 4 with a 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour.

Shot of the day: Watson’s wedge from 77 yards at the 72nd hole, setting up his eighth and final birdie of the day.

Quote of the day: “That’s the best shot you ever hit.” – caddie Ted Scott to Bubba Watson on his approach at 18