WGC-Accenture Match Play Round 2 results

By Will GrayFebruary 22, 2013, 11:47 pm

With several of the biggest names already eliminated at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship - notably, both Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods - the 32 remaining participants teed it up Friday in the second round. Check back here for recaps of matches as another 16 players will be sent packing from Dove Mountain Friday afternoon:

HOGAN BRACKET

(10) Nicolas Colsaerts def. (2) Justin Rose, 4 and 2: In a matchup of Ryder Cup teammates from Medinah, the Belgian shook off an opening bogey to build a lead that he ultimately never relinquished. Colsaerts has now hit 28/30 greens in regulation through two matches, and played 16 holes Friday against Rose in 5 under.

(6) Matt Kuchar def. (3) Sergio Garcia, 2 and 1: Fifteen years after they met at the U.S. Amateur, Kuchar got a bit of revenge against Garcia, who beat him in that 1998 match. Though the proceedings remained tight throughout, Garcia was unable to hole mid-range putts down the stretch and an accurate approach to 17 sealed the win for the reigning Players champion.

(9) Robert Garrigus def. (1) Louis Oosthuizen, 3 and 2: With five front-nine birdies, Garrigus got out to an early lead for the second straight day. The former British Open champ attempted to rally from his deficit, but Garrigus never took his foot off the gas. After playing 16 holes in 6 under, he eliminated the last No. 1 seed left in this week's field.

(12) Fredrik Jacobson def. (13) Marcus Fraser, 4 and 3: The Swede won the first hole of the day against Fraser, and led the whole rest of the way. Jacobson held a 3-up advantage at the turn, and was never really threatened by the Australian, as Fraser failed to record a single birdie in 15 holes after shocking Keegan Bradley during the first round.


SNEAD BRACKET

(15) Tim Clark def. (10) Thorbjorn Olesen, 3 and 2: After toppling Adam Scott Thursday, Clark kept up the momentum with a convincing win over the young Dane in the second round. The South African notched five birdies between holes 7-14, and Olesen never led at any point in the match despite playing his final six holes in 3 under.

(9) Scott Piercy def. (1) Luke Donald, 7 and 6: Some may have expected Piercy to play well Friday and perhaps win, but few if any expected such a romp. Piercy got out to a fast start, winning each of the first three holes and then holing a shot from 228 yards at No. 5 for a 4-up advantage. He played the first eight holes in 5 under, and Donald never really stood a chance.

(3) Ian Poulter def. (6) Bo Van Pelt, 3 and 1: Continuing to cement his standing as arguably the best match-play player around, Poulter held off a back-nine comeback effort from Van Pelt. The Englishman held a 4-up lead after 11, but Van Pelt birdied three of the next four holes to trim his deficit. Ultimately, though, it was too little too late, as the 2010 champion at Dove Mountain advanced.

(4) Steve Stricker def. (5) Nick Watney, 21 holes: In a match that featured stellar play from both participants, Stricker found a way to sneak by in extra holes. Watney was able to square the match with a birdie on No. 17 as both played the back nine in 4 under, and Stricker let a chance to end things slip away when a 5-foot birdie putt on the 20th hole missed right. An errant shot from Watney on the 21st ultimately decided things, as Stricker moves on to face Piercy.


JONES BRACKET

(16) Shane Lowry def. (9) Carl Pettersson, 6 and 5: Those expecting a hangover effect for Lowry following his upset win over Rory McIlroy Thursday were sorely disappointed. The Irishman never trailed, and built a 4-up lead after wins on Nos. 6, 8 and 9. Pettersson, who won his first-round match in extra holes Friday morning over Rickie Fowler, wasn't able to keep pace with Lowry, who played the 13-hole match in 5 under.

(11) Jason Day def. (14) Russell Henley, 19 holes: In one of the more entertaining matches of the day, the Aussie advanced with a birdie on the first extra hole. Day held a 2-up lead with four holes remaining, but birdies from the upstart Henley on Nos. 15 and 18 forced extra holes.

(2) Bubba Watson def. (7) Jim Furyk, 22 holes: In the longest match so far this week, Watson appeared in control at multiple points. A 3-up lead after 10 holes evaporated, though, and The Masters champ missed short putts to close out the match on both the 18th and 19th holes. A bogey from Furyk on the fourth extra hole ended things, though, as Watson became the highest-ranked player to make the third round.

(5) Graeme McDowell def. (13) Alexander Noren, 20 holes: Perhaps the closest match of the day, neither competitor held more than a 1-up lead at any point. Noren grabbed control with a birdie on the 17th hole, but McDowell answered with a birdie on the next hole to send the match into overtime. After Noren's approach at the 20th hole found the desert, McDowell was able to survive and set up a Saturday match with Lowry.


PLAYER BRACKET

(6) Hunter Mahan def. (14) Richard Sterne, 4 and 3: Mahan showed some of the form that helped him win this event a year ago, cruising past the South African and into the Round of 16. Sterne never led during the match, as Mahan won four straight holes from Nos. 10-13 to turn an otherwise close match into a convincing win.

(7) Martin Kaymer def. (15) Rafael Cabrera-Bello, 2 and 1: A runner-up here two years ago, Kaymer shook off a slow start to close out the Spaniard, who upset Lee Westwood on Thursday. With the match level through six holes, the German won three of the next five and was able to play defense down the back nine, ultimately closing out the match with an up-and-down from behind the 17th green.

(8) Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano def. (16) Charles Howell III, 6 and 5: Howell was unable to replicate the form that he used to knock out Tiger Woods in the first round, failing to make a birdie Friday during his 13-hole match. The Spaniard, who closed out his first-round match with Francesco Molinari earlier this morning, made five birdies across that same stretch to easily advance.

(4) Webb Simpson def. (5) Peter Hanson, 1 up: Neither player gave up much ground over the back nine, and although Hanson was staked to an early lead, Simpson was able to square the match on the 14th hole. After trading pars down the stretch, the reigning U.S. Open champ advanced thanks to a birdie on the home hole.

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Golf Channel Ramps Up Six Weeks of Comprehensive College Golf Coverage Culminating With The NCAA Women's and Men's Golf Championships, May 18-30

By Golf Channel Public RelationsApril 24, 2018, 9:00 pm

Golf Channel to Announce NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships Regional Selections on Wednesday, April 25 and Wednesday, May 2

 Golf Channel to Expand Coverage of NCAA Women’s and Men’s Regional Championships  

Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys, a Four-Part Docu-Series Executive Produced by Rickie Fowler, Premieres on Golf Channel Monday, May 7

 More than 100 News and Tournament Hours Planned for Women’s and Men’s Championships, Back-to-Back Weeks at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla.

 

ORLANDO, Fla., April 24, 2018 – With conference championships underway, golf fans will be able to follow their favorite college golf programs and alma maters as they attempt to qualify and compete in the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships in May at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., as Golf Channel expands its comprehensive on-air and digital collegiate golf coverage the next six weeks.

“Through our new long-term partnership, the NCAA and Golf Channel are successfully raising the profile of college golf by shining a spotlight on the game’s future stars and the passion these programs have in competing for national championships,” said Molly Solomon, Golf Channel executive vice president of content and executive producer. “With our expanded coverage of the regional championships and partnering with OSU alum Rickie Fowler for Driven, our viewers will be treated to the most college golf coverage in network history leading into the NCAA Golf National Championships.”

REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS SELECTION ANNOUNCEMENTS: On Wednesday, April 25 at 5:30 p.m. ET (women) and continuing Wednesday, May 2 at 5:30 p.m. ET (men), Golf Channel will announce the teams and individuals selected by the NCAA to participate in the women’s and men’s regional championships, the first step on the road to the NCAA Golf Championships. Live streaming coverage of selection shows will be available through the Golf Channel Mobile App or GolfChannel.com, and Golf Channel will aggregate social content for the shows using the hashtag #NCAAGolf. 

  • Women’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Wednesday, April 25, 5:30 p.m. ET: Golf Central will announce (live) the 72 teams and24 individuals selected to compete in the four NCAA Women’s Regional Championships, May 7-9 (18 teams and six individuals per regional). 24 teams and 12 individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.
  • Men’s Golf Championships Regional Selections, Wednesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m. ET: Golf Central will announce the 81 teams and 45 individuals selected to compete in the six NCAA Men’s Regional Championships, May 14-16 (13 teams and 10 individuals at three regionals and 14 teams and five individuals at three regionals). 30 teams and six individuals will advance from regional sites to the national championships.

GOLF CHANNEL TO EXPAND REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: New for 2018, Golf Channel will feature expanded coverage of the final day of the NCAA women’s and men’s regional championships, Wednesday May 9 and Wednesday, May 16, respectively. Beginning within Morning Drive, Golf Channel’s daily lifestyle news show, and continuing hourly throughout the day via live Golf Central news updates from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. ET that will be published to Golf Channel Digital and Golf Channel’s social media handles. Coverage will conclude with live news segments, featuring highlights and interviews, announcing the teams and individuals who qualified for the women’s and men’s national championships.

RICKIE FOWLER AND NBC SPORTS COLLABORATE ON FOUR-PART DOCU-SERIES DRIVEN: OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS: NBC Sports Group is teaming up with PGA TOUR superstar Rickie Fowler to give viewers a dramatic behind-the-scenes look into Fowler’s alma mater in a four-part documentary series – Driven: Oklahoma State Cowboys. Driven, executive produced by Fowler, will premiere Monday, May 7 at 10 p.m. ET and continue Monday, May 14 (10 p.m. ET) and Monday, May 21 (8 p.m. ET). The finale will air on NBC on Saturday, June 16, recapping their season that culminates with a run at a potential 11th national championship, taking place on their home turf.

NCAA GOLF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS COVERAGE: Contested in back-to-back weeks, May 18-30 at Karsten Creek Golf Club in Stillwater, Okla., Golf Channel will dedicate its full suite of production resources to the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships, featuring nearly 30 combined hours of live tournament coverage. In addition, Golf Central will feature nearly 30 hours of combined pre-and post-event live news coverage produced on location, as well as daily news updates on Morning Drive and Golf Channel Digital.                                             

Golf Channel NCAA Women’s Golf Championships Coverage

Monday, May   21       

Individual National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May   22          

Quarterfinals, Team   Match Play  

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET   (Live)

Tuesday, May   22                 

Semifinals, Team Match   Play 

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, May   23            

Team National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

 

Golf Channel NCAA Men’s Golf Championships Coverage

Monday, May   28      

Individual National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Tuesday, May   29          

Quarterfinals, Team   Match Play  

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. ET   (Live)

Tuesday, May   29                 

Semifinals, Team Match   Play 

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

Wednesday, May   30            

Team National   Championship  

4-8 p.m. ET (Live)

 

COLLEGE CENTRAL – GOLF CHANNEL DIGITAL COVERAGE: Golf Channel is providing comprehensive coverage leading up to and during the NCAA Women’s and Men’s Golf Championships as part of College Central,Golf Channel Digital’s home for college golf. Led by Jay Coffin, Ryan Lavner and Steve Burkowski, College Central will be the source for all things college golf, including tournament results and scores, features and columns, video highlights and breaking news.

CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS NEWS COVERAGE: Golf Channel will cover the conference championships with scores and analysis across its on-air news platforms - Morning Drive and Golf Central – and online within College Central.

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With help from partner, Burns could secure Tour status

By Ryan LavnerApril 24, 2018, 8:33 pm

AVONDALE, La. – This week Sam Burns has yet another chance to secure special temporary membership for the rest of the PGA Tour season, but his partner may determine whether he’s ultimately successful.

In an interesting twist, Burns is burning one of his seven available sponsor exemptions this week at the Zurich Classic. He is 80 non-member points shy of securing special temporary membership, which would allow him to receive unlimited sponsor exemptions for the rest of the season.

Burns needs at least a two-way tie for fourth to earn the necessary points, but it won’t all depend on how he plays this week. The Zurich is a two-man game, with two rounds apiece of fourballs and alternate shot.

Burns' partner this week is William McGirt. Their games couldn’t be more different – Burns ranks eighth on Tour in driving distance, at 309 yards per pop, while McGirt is 143rd (290) – but they hope to compliment each other over four days at TPC Louisiana.


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“I got a good pair of spurs sharpened up last week while I was in San Antonio,” joked McGirt, who is looking for his first top-10 since the fall. “I told him I was going to ride him hard this week. It’ll be fun.”

Burns will have at least two (and maybe three) more opportunities to earn status, with starts lined up next week at the Wells Fargo Championship and also at the Memorial. He doesn’t face quite as much pressure because he won earlier this month on the Web.com Tour and currently sits fourth on the money list, essentially locking up his PGA Tour card for next season.

“It’s obviously nice to have that win,” he said, “but at the same time you have to be careful and make sure you play enough out there to where you’re secure for sure. You don’t want to get at the end of the year and then have two or three events left and you have to make a certain amount of money to get your card.

“So I’m just going step by step, tournament by tournament, and trying to figure out what’s the best route.”   

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Spieth-Palmer draw Rahm-Bryan early at Zurich

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 24, 2018, 7:49 pm

AVONDALE, La. – The PGA Tour’s only team event gets underway Thursday at the Zurich Classic. Here are some featured groups to watch at TPC Louisiana.

Justin Thomas-Bud Cauley/Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland: 8:39 a.m. ET Thursday off 10 tee, 2:08 p.m. Friday off 1: 

The Bama boys, Thomas and Cauley, team up for the second consecutive year, after tying for fifth a year ago on the strength of a final-round 61. Berger teamed with Thomas Pieters a year ago but missed the cut, so he’ll try his luck with Woodland, who also shares a management team at Excel Sports.

Jordan Spieth-Ryan Palmer/Jon Rahm-Wesley Bryan: 8:52 a.m. Thursday off 10, 2:19 p.m. Friday off 1: 

Spieth and Palmer finished fourth a year ago, five shots back of the leaders. Spieth is making his first start since his epic Sunday run at the Masters. Rahm and Bryan have opposite strengths – Rahm is one of the game’s preeminent drivers, while Bryan, statistically, is one of the worst – but the Spaniard is coming off a European Tour victory at home. Another wrinkle here: Even though no world-ranking points are on offer this week, Rahm is set to supplant Spieth as the third-ranked player in the world.

Jason Day-Ryan Ruffels/Brooks Koepka-Marc Turnesa: 1:31 p.m. Thursday off 1, 9:42 a.m. Friday off 10: 

Two stars with questionable sidekicks. Ruffels is an up-and-coming Australian who has been playing primarily in Latin America. (He also shares a manager with Day.) Turnesa, meanwhile, got the call late last week from Koepka, who is finally ready to return from a 15-week layoff because of a wrist injury. They both play out of Medalist in South Florida, but Turnesa, 40, has turned his attention to real estate instead of professional golf.

Patrick Reed-Patrick Cantlay/Jonas Blixt-Cameron Smith: 1:44 p.m. Thursday off 1, 9:53 a.m. Friday off 10: 

Reed makes his first start as Masters champion after taking off the past two weeks. This duo tied for 14th last year, undone by a Saturday 75 in foursomes play. Blixt and Smith are the defending champions, after shooting 27 under par last year and holding off Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a playoff. Blixt doesn’t have a top-10 on Tour since then, while Smith tied for fifth at the Match Play and the Masters.

Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson/Bubba Watson-Matt Kuchar: 1:57 p.m. Thursday off 1, 10:04 a.m. Friday off 10:

Rose and Stenson, who have proved to be a formidable pairing in the Ryder Cup, were a stunning missed cut last year, after shooting 6 under par for two rounds. Watson teamed up with J.B. Holmes to finish fifth last year, while Kuchar is making his first start in this event since 2009.

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Zurich Classic: Tee times, TV schedule, stats

By Golf Channel DigitalApril 24, 2018, 7:09 pm

The PGA Tour tries team competition for the second year in a row at the Zurich Classic. Here are the key stats and information for play at TPC LouisianaClick here for full-field tee times.

How to watch:

Thursday, Rd. 1: Golf Channel, 2:30-6:30PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Friday, Rd. 2: Golf Channel, 2:30-6:30PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream

Saturday, Rd. 3: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.

Sunday, Rd. 4: Golf Channel, 1-2:45PM ET; live stream: https://www.golfchannel.com/pgastream; CBS, 3-6 p.m.


Purse: $7,200,000 ($1,036,800 to each winner)

Course: TPC Louisiana (par 72; 7,425 yards)

Defending champions: Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt (-27) in a playoff over Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner


News and notes

• All four reigning major champions - Brooks Koepka, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Patrick Reed - are in the field this week. This is the first time all four reigning major winners have played this event since 1984 (Ben Crenshaw, Larry Nelson, Tom Watson, Hall Sutton).

 Both members of winning team this week will earn an official PGA Tour victory, two-year Tour exemptions, and exemptions into the Players and PGA Championships.

• That said, no Official World Golf Ranking points are awarded from this event and winners will not earn exemptions into the 2019 Masters.


Notable teams in the field 

Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson

 Rose won this event in 2014, when it was individual stroke play. From 2012-16, he was a combined 60 under at TPC Louisiana in stroke play, seven shots better than any other player.

 Rose has dramatically improved his performance on the greens from last season, moving from 123rd in strokes gained-putting to 10th.

 Stenson's last three starts look like this: solo 4th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, T-6 at the Houston Open, and T-5 at the Masters.

Jon Rahm and Wesley Bryan

 Rahm is coming off a victory at the Spanish Open, his second worldwide win in 2018 and fifth since Jan. 2017.

 Rahm outdrives Bryan by an average of 30 yards off the tee, 305.1 to 276.3.

 Rahm is second on Tour in the strokes gained-off the tee, while Bryan is 210th, last among qualifying players.

Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay

 Reed is just the fifth reigning Masters champ to play the Zurich since 2000, joining Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson (twice), and Bubba Watson.

 Reed has gone T-2, T-7, T-9, WIN in his last four starts.

 Cantlay broke through for his maiden PGA Tour win earlier this season at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas.