Elliot Boult is one of the players battling for his professional livelihood this week in Sardinia, Italy, and through two rounds he performing quite well.
Boult shares the 36-hole lead with Richard Green at 12-under-par. Seven players are one shot back at 11-under, including overnight co-leaders Van Phillips and Eamonn Darcy.
Boult, a 34-year-old Kiwi, is 157th on the Volvo Order of Merit. The top 115 at year's end earn their 2001 Tour cards. That means Boult needs to finish in the top two at Is Molas to extend his playing rights for nest season.
Friday, Boult shot his second consecutive round of 6-under-par 66 to grab a share of the lead for the first time in his rookie season on the European Tour.
'This has put me in a great position,' said Boult, who missed nine straight cuts entering this week. 'I've just got to go out there and do the same as what I have been doing. I don't think I can put a number on it, but if I walked off with 20-under I would be happy.
'But come Sunday if I am in the same position I think I will be a bit nervous.'
Green doesn't have to worry about where he's going to play in 2001. At 72nd on the Order of Merit, his card is secure, but a spot in next week's Volvo Masters is not. The top 55 in earnings at the conclusion of this week's event gain entrance into the elite field.
'I just want to win again,' said Green, whose first and only European Tour victory came at the 1997 Dubai Desert Classic. 'There's the Volvo Masters next week, but I want to win again. Winning will take care of that.'
The left-hander Australian followed up an opening-round 67 with a Friday 65 to put himself in position for his second-career European title.
Thursday, four players shot 65 to set the Is Molas course record. Friday, Spaniard Francisco Cea broke that mark by firing a 9-under-par 63. At 11-under for the tournament, Cea is tied for third with Phillips, Darcy, Peter Baker, Roger Wessels, Ricardo Gonzalez and Ian Poulter.
Poulter is trying to overtake Scotland's Alastair Forsyth, who missed the cut this week, for the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award. Poulter is also trying to earn a spot in the Volvo Masters. He currently stands right on the qualifying number in 55th position.
Group standings at WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play
Here are the group standings for pool play at the 2018 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship in Austin, Texas. The player with the most points in each pool advanced to Saturday's Round of 16 in Austin, Texas. Click here for scoring and click here for the bracket.
|Group 1||Group 2||Group 3||Group 4|
|(1) D. Johnson: 0-1-0||(2) J. Thomas: 1-0-0||(3) J. Rahm: 0-0-1||(4) J. Spieth: 1-0-0|
|(32) K. Kisner: 0-0-1||(21) F. Molinari: 1-0-0||(28) K. Aphibarnrat: 1-0-0||(19) P. Reed: 1-0-0|
|(38) A. Hadwin: 0-0-1
||(48) P. Kizzire: 0-1-0||(43) C. Reavie: 0-1-0||(34) H. Li: 0-1-0|
|(52) B. Wiesberger: 1-0-0
||(60) L. List: 0-1-0||(63) K. Bradley: 0-0-1||(49) C. Schwartzel: 0-1-0|
|Group 5||Group 6||Group 7||Group 8|
|(5) H. Matsuyama: 1-0-0||(6) R. McIlroy: 0-1-0||(7) S. Garcia: 1-0-0||(8) J. Day: 1-0-0|
|(30) P. Cantlay: 0-1-0
||(18) B. Harman: 0-0-1||(20) X. Schauffele: 1-0-0||(25) L. Oosthuizen: 1-0-0|
|(46) C. Smith: 1-0-0||(44) J. Vegas: 0-0-1||(41) D. Frittelli: 0-1-0||(42) J. Dufner: 0-1-0|
|(53) Y. Miyazato: 0-1-0||(51) P. Uihlein: 1-0-0||(62) S. Sharma: 0-1-0||(56) J. Hahn: 0-1-0|
|Group 9||Group 10||Group 11||Group 12|
|(9) T. Fleetwood: 1-1-0||(10) P. Casey: 1-0-0||(11) M. Leishman: 0-1-0||(12) T. Hatton: 1-0-0|
|(26) D. Berger: 0-1-0||(31) M. Fitzpatrick: 0-1-0||(23) B. Grace: 0-1-0||(22) C. Hoffman: 0-1-0|
|(33) K. Chappell: 1-1-0||(45) K. Stanley: 1-0-0||(35) B. Watson: 1-0-0||(36) B. Steele: 1-0-0|
|(58) I. Poulter: 1-0-0||(51) R. Henley: 0-1-0||(64) J. Suri: 1-0-0||(55) A. Levy: 0-1-0|
|Group 13||Group 14||Group 15||Group 16|
|(13) A. Noren: 2-0-0||(14) P. Mickelson: 0-1-0||(15) P. Perez: 0-0-1||(16) M. Kuchar: 0-0-1|
|(29) T. Finau: 1-0-0||(17) R. Cabrera Bello: 1-0-0||(24) G. Woodland: 0-0-1||(27) R. Fisher: 0-1-0|
|(39) T. Pieters: 0-2-0||(40) S. Kodaira: 0-1-0||(37) W. Simpson: 0-0-1||(47) Y. Ikeda: 1-0-0|
|(61) K. Na: 0-1-0||(59) C. Howell III: 1-0-0||(50) S.W. Kim: 0-0-1||(54) Z. Johnson: 0-0-1|
Romo starts hot, stumbles to 77 in PGA Tour debut
There was plenty of good, but also plenty of bad for Tony Romo in his PGA Tour debut.
Playing in the Corales Punta Cana Resort & Club Championship on a sponsor exemption, Romo shot an even-par 36 for his opening nine holes in the Dominican Republic. The former NFL quarterback bogeyed his first two holes, but steadied the ship with three birdies in a five-hole stretch from Nos. 4-8.
The early highlight of the round came at the par-4 fifth hole, where Romo drained a putt from across the green for his second straight birdie:
But the back nine wasn't as kind for the 37-year-old, who dropped five shots in a four-hole stretch from Nos. 13-16. It added up to a 5-over 77 in the opening round, which left Romo ahead of only Guy Boros among the players who had finished in the morning wave.
"I hit two poor tee balls. Just didn't commit to it, and ultimately just got put in a tough spot where you're just trying to make par," Romo said. "I hit a lot of good shots, and they ended up a couple times in some poor spots. But you learn the golf course as you play it throughout the week."
Romo has played as an amateur partner in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, and has played individually in U.S. Open local qualifiers and mini-tour events as an amateur. But this marks his first attempt to gauge his game against the best players in the world who are not in Austin for the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
Romo was even par through 12 holes before a three-putt bogey from the fringe on No. 13. A nasty lie in the rough led to a double bogey on the par-5 14th, and Romo had to hit provisional tee shots on both Nos. 15 and 16. While he ultimately found his original ball on both holes, he left with a pair of bogeys.
"I really hit some good shots, and I'm close," Romo said. "I had a chance to be under par pretty easily there for a while, and then two or three shots on the back nine cost me. But that's golf."
Romo will tee off at 1 p.m. ET Friday in the second round alongside Dru Love and Denny McCarthy.
Horschel, Kisner & Perez join "Feherty," Monday, March 26 at 9 p.m. ET
Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner and Pat Perez – each winners of multiple events on the PGA TOUR – will join David Feherty on his self-titled, Emmy-nominated series Feherty presented by Farmers Insurance®, Monday at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.
“This might be the biggest group of benign social deviants I’ve ever had the privilege of speaking to,” said Feherty. “They’ve been responsible for nine career wins on TOUR collectively, but they’re each also capable of getting into some mischief.”
The episode – filmed in Naples, Fla. – will touch upon several topics, including:
- Their respective upbringings and corresponding introductions to golf.
- Reflections on their junior golf and collegiate playing days, and how it helped prepare them to compete as a professional.
- Contemplating which mulligan(s) they’d take in their life if given the opportunity.
Future guests on Feherty this year include Paul Azinger, Stewart Cink, Boo Weekley and Paul Goydos, among others.
A two-time Emmy-nominated host (Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Host) Feherty has been described as “golf’s iconoclast,” by Rolling Stone, and “the last unscripted man on TV,” by Men’s Journal. His all-star lineup of golf-enthused and culturally relevant guests feature celebrities from across entertainment, sports and politics. To date, Feherty has sat down with four U.S. Presidents (Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump); sports legends Charles Barkley, Nick Saban, Stephen Curry and Bobby Knight; Hollywood icons Matthew McConaughey, Larry David and Samuel L. Jackson; World Golf of Fame members Nancy Lopez, Jack Nicklaus, Annika Sorenstam, Lee Trevino and Tom Watson; and a host of current golf superstars including Paula Creamer, Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Michelle Wie. Feherty is produced by Golf Channel’s original productions group, which also oversees production for Driver vs. Driver and Golf Films.
Match-by-match: WGC-Dell Technologies, Day 2
Here is how things played out on Day 2 of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, as 64 players take on Austin Country Club with hopes of advancing out of pool play. Click here for Day 1 match results:
Group 1: Dustin Johnson (1) vs. Adam Hadwin (38)
Group 1: Kevin Kisner (32) vs. Bernd Wiesberger (52)
Group 2: Justin Thomas (2) vs. Patton Kizzire (48)
Group 2: Francesco Molinari (21) vs. Luke List (60)
Group 3: Jon Rahm (3) vs. Chez Reavie (43)
Group 3: Kiradech Aphibarnrat (28) vs. Keegan Bradley (63)
Group 4: Jordan Spieth (4) vs. Haotong Li (34)
Group 4: Patrick Reed (19) vs. Charl Schwartzel (49)
Group 5: Hideki Matsuyama (5) vs. Cameron Smith (46)
Group 5: Patrick Cantlay (30) vs. Yusaku Miyazato (53)
Group 6: Rory McIlroy (6) vs. Jhonattan Vegas (44)
Group 6: Brian Harman (18) vs. Peter Uihlein (57)
Group 7: Sergio Garcia (7) vs. Dylan Frittelli (41)
Group 7: Xander Schauffele (20) vs. Shubhankar Sharma (62)
Group 8: Jason Day (8) vs. Jason Dufner (42)
Group 8: Louis Oosthuizen (25) vs. James Hahn (56)
Group 9: Tommy Fleetwood (9) def. Kevin Chappell (33), 7 and 6: Avenging an opening-day loss, the Englishman won the first four holes and needed to make only three birdies in a monster rout of Chappell. The 2017 Presidents Cupper made five bogeys and conceded two other holes but still has a chance to win the group.
Group 9: Daniel Berger (26) vs. Ian Poulter (58)
Group 10: Paul Casey (10) vs. Kyle Stanley (45)
Group 10: Matthew Fitzpatrick (31) vs. Russell Henley (51)
Group 11: Marc Leishman (11) vs. Bubba Watson (35)
Group 11: Branden Grace (23) vs. Julian Suri (64)
Group 12: Tyrrell Hatton (12) vs. Brendan Steele (36)
Group 12: Charley Hoffman (22) vs. Alexander Levy (55)
Group 13: Alex Noren (13) def. Thomas Pieters (39), 5 and 4: Noren made quick work of Pieters in what could be a match of future Ryder Cup teammates. Noren built a 4-up lead after seven holes and then cruised from there, moving to 2-0 this week and eliminating Pieters. In 30 holes this week, Noren has made 12 birdies and no bogeys.
Group 13: Tony Finau (29) vs. Kevin Na (61), 3 and 2: In a contrast of styles, the powerful Finau birdied the first three holes and never looked back against Na, setting up a battle of unbeatens in a winner-take-all match on Friday.
Group 14: Phil Mickelson (14) vs. Satoshi Kodaira (40)
Group 14: Rafa Cabrera Bello (17) vs. Charles Howell III (59)
Group 15: Pat Perez (15) vs. Webb Simpson (37)
Group 15: Gary Woodland (24) vs. Si Woo Kim (50)
Group 16: Matt Kuchar (16) vs. Yuta Ikeda (47)
Group 16: Ross Fisher (27) vs. Zach Johnson (54)