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:


(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.


(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.


(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.


(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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Ciganda, S.Y. Kim share lead in Shanghai

By Associated PressOctober 20, 2018, 9:28 am

SHANGHAI - Carlota Ciganda of Spain shot a 5-under 67 Saturday to share the lead with Sei Young Kim after the third round of the LPGA Shanghai.

Ciganda carded her fifth birdie of the day on the par-4 18th to finish tied with overnight leader Kim at 11-under 205. Kim shot a 71 with four bogeys and five birdies.

Ciganda is attempting to win her third LPGA title and first since the 2016 season, when she won two tournaments in a one-month span. Kim is chasing her eighth career LPGA win and second title of the 2018 season.

''I want to win because I didn't win last year,'' Ciganda said. ''I love playing in Asia. It's good for long hitters, playing quite long, so I'm quite comfortable.''

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Angel Yin also birdied the final hole for a 68 and was a further stroke back with Brittany Altomare (69), Danielle Kang (71) and Ariya Jutanugarn (71).

Yin and Altomare have yet to break through for their first LPGA win. A win in Shanghai would make either player the ninth first-time winner of the 2018 season, which would tie 2016 for the third highest number of first-time winners in a season in LPGA history.

''I love competing,'' Yin said. ''That's why I'm playing, right? I'm excited to be in contention again going into Sunday.''

Local favorite Yu Liu was seventh after offsetting a lone bogey with four birdies for a 69.

Paula Creamer also shot a 69 and shared eighth at 8 under with Minjee Lee (70) and Bronte Law (71).

The tournament is the second of five being played in South Korea, Japan, China and Taiwan in the LPGA's annual Asian swing.

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Koepka's pursuers have no illusions about catching him

By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:50 am

Ahead by four, wielding his driver like Thor's hammer, Brooks Koepka is 18 holes from his third victory in five months and his first ascent to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.

The tournament isn't over. No one is handing him the trophy and updating the OWGR website just yet. But it will likely take some combination of a meltdown and low round from someone in the chase pack to prevent a Koepka coronation Sunday in South Korea.

Thirteen under for the week, the three-time major champion will start the final round four shots ahead of his playing partners, Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, and five ahead of six more players at minus-8.

As is his nature, Poulter figures to be undaunted. The 42-year-old is fresh off a Sunday singles victory over Dustin Johnson at the Ryder Cup and in the midst of a career renaissance, having broken a five-year winless drought earlier this year. In one sense, it's Europe vs. the United States again, but this isn't match play, and Koepka, a guy who doesn't need a head start, has spotted himself a four-shot advantage.

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"Tomorrow I'm going to need to make a few birdies. Obviously Brooks is in cruise control right now and obviously going to need a shoot a low one," Poulter conceded. "Do what I'm doing, just enjoy [it]. Obviously try and make as many birdies as I can and see how close we get."

Perez, in the group at 8 under par, isn't giving up, but like Poulter, he's aware of the reality of his situation.

"We're chasing Brooks, who of course obviously is playing phenomenally," he said. "A lot of the long hitters now when they get in contention, they hit that driver and they're really hard to catch. I'm not worried about it too much. It's going to be harder for me tomorrow than him, so I'm going to try and go out and just do my thing, hit some shots, hopefully hit some close and make some putts and we'll see. I don't expect him to come backwards, but hopefully I can try to go catch him."

Gary Woodland, also 8 under par, summed up the predicament best when he alluded to Koepka's perhaps advantageously aloof demeanor.

"You obviously want to get off to a good start and put pressure on him as soon as you can," he said. "You know, Brooks doesn't seem like he cares too much, and he's playing so good, so you're going to have to go out and post a number."

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Koepka has his chance 'to earn' his way to No. 1

By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 8:09 am

There won't need to be any wonky math involved. He won't have to settle for finally reaching the the top via some kind of mathematical reset while he's sitting at home on the couch (or more likely working out in the gym).

No, Brooks Koepka on Sunday in South Korea will have a chance to ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking the way every player would most want to - with a victory.

On the strength of a bogey-free round of 5-under 67 Saturday, Koepka will enter the final round of the CJ Cup four clear of Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy, with six more players five behind.

The tournament is Koepka's to lose, and so too is the No. 1 ranking. So long as Justin Thomas doesn't somehow defend his title from 12 shots back, Koepka can supplant Dustin Johnson atop the rankings with a win or a solo second-place finish.

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"It was something I wanted to do. I always wanted to become World No. 1 in a week that I was playing," Koepka said Saturday. "I thought like I could really earn it and not have a week off where it just so happens that you bump up. No, it would be very special, and to do it here would be nice and hopefully get to world No. 1 and cap it off with a win, I don't think there would be much better."

It would be a fitting end to this breakthrough year for Koepka, who successfully defended his U.S. Open title and then added his third major victory at the PGA Championship en route to claiming the PGA Tour's Player of the Year Award. Oddly enough, considering his status a three-time major winner and an impending No. 1, this would be Koepka's fifth Tour victory but only his second in a non-major; his only regular Tour win to date was his first, at the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open.

"My confidence has always been pretty high," Koepka said. "Anytime you can win three majors you're going to be feeling pretty good about yourself. To do what I've done over the last two years has been special, but I'm looking to build on that."

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Koepka ahead by four, with No. 1 ranking in his grasp

By Nick MentaOctober 20, 2018, 5:48 am

Following a closing birdie and a third-round 67 at Nine Bridges, Brooks Koepka will take a four-shot lead over Ian Poulter and Scott Piercy into final round of the CJ Cup. Here's how Koepka separated himself from the field in South Korea.

Leaderboard: Koepka (-13), Piercy (-9), Poulter (-9), Rafa Cabrera Bello (-8), Cameron Smith (-8), Jaime Lovemark (-8), Pat Perez (-8), Gary Woodland (-8), Chez Reavie (-8)

What it means: Koepka is in search of his fifth PGA Tour victory and – believe it or not – only his second non-major. The three-time major champion’s only other win came all the way back in February 2015, at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. One off the lead to start the day, Koepka opened with eight straight pars and birdied Nos. 9 and 10 to take the outright lead at 10 under par. He added three more circles at 14, 17 and 18 to close out a bogey-free round of 5 under and go ahead by ahead by four. He'll be chased on Sunday by Piercy, a four-time PGA Tour winner who won the Zurich Classic earlier this year alongside Billy Horschel, and by Poulter, who ended a five-year worldwide winless drought back in April and is coming off a 2-2 performance at the Ryder Cup, with a Sunday singles victory over current world No. 1 Dustin Johnson. Speaking of which, unless Justin Thomas finds a way to win this tournament from 12 back, Koepka will for the first time ascend to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Ranking with a win or a solo second-place finish.

Round of the day: After contending last week at the CIMB, Shubankhar Sharma rebounded from opening rounds of 74 and 75 with a nine-birdie, 8-under 64 to move up 45 spots into a tie for 26th through 54 holes.

Best of the rest: Four players – Rafa Cabrera Bello, Ted Potter Jr., Jason Day and Brendan Steele – shot 7-under 65 Saturday. Day played his first four holes in 2 over and his final 14 in 9 under.

Biggest disappointment: The only previous winner of this event, world No. 4 Justin Thomas entered the week with a chance to take back the No. 1 ranking with a successful title defense. But rounds of 73-70-72 have him 1 under for the week. Thomas played his back nine in 1 over Saturday with six pars, a birdie, a quadruple bogey and a closing eagle.

Shot of the day: Koepka flying his tee shot 330 yards to the front edge of the green at the par-4 14th and going on to two-putt for birdie.