WGC-Accenture Match Play Round 3 results

By Will GrayFebruary 23, 2013, 7:42 pm

With only 16 players left at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, many of the third-round matches were over quickly Saturday morning. See who advanced to the quarterfinals at Dove Mountain, set to begin Saturday afternoon:


(6) Matt Kuchar def. (10) Nicolas Colsaerts, 4 and 3: The reigning Players champion got out to an early lead, thanks to birdies on three of his first four holes. Kuchar's lead grew to 4-up after only eight holes, though the Belgian was able to battle back somewhat on the back nine. In the end, though, the hole was too great to overcome, as a bogey from Colsaerts on the 15th hole clinched the match for Kuchar.

(9) Robert Garrigus def. (12 Fredrik Jacobson, 3 and 1: The long-hitting American was out in front early, as Jacobson began his round with nine straight pars. The Swede cut Garrigus' lead to 1-up after three straight birdies from holes 11-13, but Garrigus regained control with arguably the shot of the day. Standing on the tee at the 340-yard 15th hole, Garrigus striped a driver that rolled to within six feet for eagle. The hole was conceded and the match ended shortly thereafter.


(3) Ian Poulter def. (15) Tim Clark, 5 and 3: Arguably the best in match play in today's game, Poulter continued his dominant performance this week but was helped significantly by Clark's poor play Saturday. The South African had four bogeys on the front side, the last of which gave the Englishman a 3-up lead. Though Clark made three birdies on the day, twice they were matched by Poulter, who went on to win in comfortable fashion.

(4) Steve Stricker def. (9) Scott Piercy, 1 up: In what was without a doubt the best match of the morning session, Stricker and Piercy combined for 15 birdies and no bogeys during their rounds, with Piercy losing despite shooting 7 under. Stricker trailed throughout the day, but squared the match with a birdie on the 17th hole and then won it with a birdie from 31 feet on the home hole. 


(5) Graeme McDowell def. (16) Shane Lowry, 3 and 2: In a match between two players very familiar with one another, McDowell advanced as Lowry was not able to replicate the form that helped him beat world No. 1 Rory McIlroy on Thursday. The Ulsterman won three straight from holes 3-5 to build a lead, one that ballooned to 4-up as the players made the turn. Despite only one back-nine birdie, McDowell was able to hold on for a convincing victory.

(11) Jason Day def. (2) Bubba Watson, 4 and 3: The Aussie birdied the opening hole, and led after all but one hole during Saturday morning's match. The reigning Masters champ didn't make his first birdie of the day until the seventh hole, and found himself facing a 3-down deficit as the players made the turn. Day kept the pressure on with a pair of back-nine birdies, and when Watson's tee shot on the 15th bounded into the desert, his fate was sealed.


(6) Hunter Mahan def. (7) Martin Kaymer, 4 and 3: Mahan continued his bid for back-to-back titles at Dove Mountain, easily downing the 2011 runner-up in this event. Mahan birdied four of the first six holes, and when the German bogeyed the seventh he found himself staked to a 4-up lead. Kaymer never got any closer than that, as the defending champ moved on to the quarterfinals without ever really being challenged.

(4) Webb Simpson def. (8) Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, 2 up: The reigning U.S. Open champion led every step of the way, taking the lead on the first hole that grew to 3-up after nine holes and 4-up after 11. The Spaniard fought back, though, trimming Simpson's lead to only 1-up heading to the final hole. After an unimpressive approach and three subsequent putts, though, Fernandez-Castano was ousted as Simpson moved on to face Mahan.

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Kang 'going with the flow,' one back of A. Jutanugarn

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 9:43 am

SHANGHAI – Ariya Jutanugarn shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Buick LPGA Shanghai tournament on Thursday.

The Thai player had six birdies in a bogey-free round, including three straight on Nos. 4, 5, and 6.

''I always have so much fun when I play in Asia,'' said Jutanugarm, who added her key was ''just not to expect anything. Just go out have fun and enjoy everything.''

Sei Young Kim and Danielle Kang (both 67) were one shot back, with six other players only two shots off the lead.

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

Kang credited her improved play to new coach Butch Harmon.

''We just kind of simplify the game a lot,'' the American said. ''Just trying to calm it down and get back to how I used to play. Just more feel golf. Thinking less mechanics and going with the flow.''

Kang tied for third last week at the KEB Hana Bank championship in Incheon, South Korea.

''Today's round went very smooth,'' Kang said. ''Coming off very good momentum after last week, and I've been hitting the ball really well, playing great. I've just been trusting my game and just keep giving myself birdie chances. They kept rolling in.''

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Sharpshooting Reavie (68) leads tough CJ Cup

By Associated PressOctober 18, 2018, 9:34 am

JEJU ISLAND, South Korea – Chez Reavie overcame cool, windy conditions for a 4-under 68 and a one-stroke lead after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Thursday.

In the breezy conditions, the back nine of the course posed the most difficulty, but the 36-year-old American made two birdies and negotiated it in 35 after starting on the 10th tee, and then picked up three shots on his final nine.

Danny Willett and Si Woo Kim shot 69 while the large group at 70, and tied for fourth, included Ian PoulterNick Watney and Michael Kim.

Brooks Koepka, playing in his first tournament since being voted PGA Tour Player of the Year, shot 71 and was in a group three strokes behind and tied for 11th, which included Paul Casey and Hideki Matsuyama.

Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker shot 72. Defending champion Justin Thomas had a 73, as did Jason Day, Ernie Els and J.B. Holmes.

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Marc Leishman, who won last week's CIMB Classic in Malaysia, and Adam Scott had 75s.

Reavie's only PGA Tour win came at the 2008 Canadian Open, and he finished second in back-to-back starts last year in Phoenix and Pebble Beach, losing at Phoenix in a playoff.

''It was a great day, I hit the ball really well,'' Reavie said of Thursday's round. ''The wind was blowing really hard all day long so you had to really start the ball well and keep it out of the wind. Luckily, I was able to do that.''

Despite the windy conditions, Reavie found all 14 fairways off the tee and hit 15 out of 18 greens in regulation, which he felt was the key to a good score.

''It's tough because once you get above the hole with this wind, it's really hard to chip it close,'' he said. ''The more greens you can hit, the better and that was key to my game.''

Willett, who has struggled with injuries and form since winning the 2016 Masters and has dropped to No. 342 in the world, made five birdies and two bogeys in his 69. Willett has just one top-five finish since finishing second in the Italian Open in September 2016.

Having committed to play on the PGA Tour by taking up membership this season, Willet said it was important to make a quick start to the season.

''I've done two tours for a couple of years, and it's very difficult,'' Willett said. ''We committed to play on the PGA Tour, to play predominantly over here this year and next. It's nice to kind of get in and get some points early if you can.''

The second of three PGA Tour events in three weeks in Asia has a 78-player field and no cut. Only 19 players broke par on Thursday.

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Koepka takes edge over Thomas in race for world No. 1

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 5:50 am

Brooks Koepka got the inside track against Justin Thomas in their head-to-head battle this week for world No. 1.

Koepka shot 1-under 71 on Thursday at the CJ Cup, while Thomas shot 1-over 73.

Chez Reavie leads after 18 holes at Nine Bridges in Juju Island, South Korea, following a 4-under 68.

Koepka, currently world No. 3, needs to win this week or finish solo second [without Thomas winning] in order to reach the top spot in the rankings for the first time in his career. Thomas, currently No. 4, must win to reclaim the position he surrendered in June.

One week after 26 under par proved victorious in Malaysia, birdies weren’t as aplenty to begin the second leg of the PGA Tour’s Asian swing.

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In chilly, windy conditions, Koepka and Thomas set out alongside one another – with Sungjae Im (73) as the third – on the 10th hole. Koepka bogeyed his first hole of the day on his way to turning in even-par 36. Thomas was one worse, with two bogeys and a birdie.

On their second nine, Koepka was steady with two birdies and a bogey to reach red figures for the day.

"I felt like I played good. I hit some good shots, missed a couple putts early and kind put myself in a little bit of trouble on the back nine, my front, but rallied pretty nicely," Koepka said. "I felt like I found a bit of rhythm. But it's a difficult day, anything under par, level par is a good score out there today. I'm pleased with it."

Thomas, however, had two birdies and a double bogey on his inward half. The double came at the par-4 fourth, where he four-putted. He nearly made up those two strokes on his final hole, the par-5 ninth, when a wild approach shot [as you can see below] traversed the contours of the green and settled 6 feet from the hole. But Thomas missed the short eagle putt and settled for birdie.

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Watch: Thomas' approach takes wild ride on CJ Cup green

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 18, 2018, 5:17 am

Two over par with one hole to play in Round 1 of the CJ Cup, Justin Thomas eyed an eagle at the par-5 ninth [his 18th].

And he nearly got it, thanks to his ball beautifully navigating the curves of the green.

Thomas hit a big draw for his second shot and his ball raced up the green's surface, towards the back, where it caught the top of ridge and funneled down to within 6 feet of the hole.

Unfortunately for Thomas, the defending champion, he missed the eagle putt and settled for birdie and a 1-over 73.