Final Four Set at Accenture Match Play

By Sports NetworkFebruary 26, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 WGC Accenture Match PlayCARLSBAD, Calif. -- Retief Goosen, the only No. 1 seed remaining, advanced to the semifinals of the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship Saturday, after a 4 and 3 drubbing of Robert Allenby.
 
Goosen, the reigning U.S. Open champion, represents the Ben Hogan bracket as he searches for his first WGC title. He will meet Chris DiMarco in one of Saturday's semifinals. DiMarco, the fourth seed in the Bobby Jones bracket, defeated second-seeded Stewart Cink, 2 and 1.
 
England's Ian Poulter, the 11th seed in the Gary Player bracket, stopped the momentum of Nick O'Hern. The Australian, ranked eighth, eliminated two-time defending champion Tiger Woods and Luke Donald on Friday, but could not keep up with Poulter on Saturday. The young Englishman advanced with a 3 and 1 victory and sets up a semifinal match against David Toms.
 
The best match on paper in Saturday's quarterfinal was the Toms/Adam Scott tilt. Toms, the fourth seed in the Sam Snead bracket, used a hot putter to eliminate No. 3 seed, Scott, 2 and 1.
 
Goosen built a huge lead early and never looked back. He won the second, third, sixth and seventh holes with little resistance from Allenby, the No. 11 seed in the Hogan bracket.
 
Allenby clawed back into the match with a 15-foot birdie putt at nine to move 3-down. The two halved the next five holes, but when Allenby could not make birdie at 15, the match went to Goosen.
 
'I putted a lot better than I did the first few rounds,' said Goosen. 'Putting is what it's all about. Robert didn't really make any putts and I got off to a good start and got on top of him.'
 
The tone was set early for the DiMarco/Cink match as both were inside 4 feet at the first. Cink, the tour's top-ranked putter last year, missed his putt to give DiMarco the advantage. Cink won the sixth to square the match, but DiMarco went 1 up at the next when Cink missed a 15-footer.
 
Cink's putter let him down again at 10 when he missed a 4-footer to fall 2-down. He rolled in a 7-footer for birdie at the 12th to cut the gap in half.
 
DiMarco missed the green at the 14th, but chipped in for birdie to reclaim his 2-up lead. The contest was over three holes later as DiMarco has yet to trail in any of his four matches.
 
Poulter played well to start the second nine with a win at the 10th and took advantage of some poor putting from O'Hern. Poulter was 1 up then won 11 with a two-putt birdie, took the 12th with a par when O'Hern missed a 10-footer and captured the 14th with a 9-foot birdie.
 
Poulter was 4 up with four to play, but O'Hern made things interesting. O'Hern birdied the 15th for a win, then sank a 15-foot birdie putt to take the 16th. O'Hern was now 2-down, but a horrible drive at 17 did him in and guaranteed Poulter's place in the semifinals.
 
'I didn't play as well as I did yesterday,' admitted Poulter. 'Nick is a very steady golfer. You can't give him too many chances. Even though I was 4-up with four to play, he came back and hit me with two quick birdies.
 
'The match is all over and I'm very happy.'
 
Toms built a 2-up lead through six holes, but Scott, who won last week's rain- shortened Nissan Open, finally knotted things up with a 15-foot birdie putt at 13.
 
Scott landed in a greenside bunker at the 14th and blasted out to 4 feet. He missed the par save to give Toms a 1-up lead. Toms appeared to be in trouble at 15, but made a 25-footer to halve the hole and keep his margin.
 
At the par-3 16th, Toms hit his tee ball 7 feet over the flag. He rolled in the downhill birdie putt to go 2 up. Scott could not catch him at 17 so Toms is in a familiar spot in this tournament.
 
'I played well and kept the pressure on him,' said Toms, who finished as runner-up to Woods in 2003. 'I hit the ball in the fairway and that was my game plan.'
 
Related Links:
  • Brackets - WGC-Accenture Match Play
  • Full Coverage - WGC-Accenture Match Play
  • Second-round tee times for the Tour Championship

    By Golf Channel DigitalSeptember 20, 2018, 10:29 pm

    Tiger Woods will go out last and Phil Mickelson will go out first in Rd. 2 of the Tour Championship.

    Woods and Rickie Fowler share the 18-hole lead. The field is re-paired after each round, according to their scores. Here’s a look at second-round tee times at East Lake Golf Club.

    (All times ET)

    11:40AM: Phil Mickelson (+3), Keegan Bradley (+3)

    11:50AM: Patrick Reed (+3), Marc Leishman (+2)

    Noon: Hideki Matsuyama (+2), Kevin Na (+2)

    12:10PM: Billy Horschel (+1), Bryson DeChambeau (+1)

    12:20PM: Patton Kizzire (+1), Patrick Cantlay (+1)

    12:30PM: Cameron Smith (Even), Bubba Watson (Even)

    12:40PM: Aaron Wise (Even), Francesco Molinari (Even)

    12:50PM: Brooks Koepka (-1), Dustin Johnson (-1)

    1PM: Tommy Fleetwood (-1), Webb Simpson (-1)

    1:10PM: Jason Day (-2), Kyle Stanley (-1)

    1:20PM: Jon Rahm (-2), Xander Schauffele (-2)

    1:30PM: Tony Finau (-3), Paul Casey (-2)

    1:40PM: Rory McIlroy (-3), Justin Thomas (-3)

    1:50PM: Gary Woodland (-4), Justin Rose (-4)

    2PM: Rickie Fowler (-5), Tiger Woods (-5)

    Getty Images

    FedExCup projected standings after Rd. 1 of Tour Championship

    By Mercer BaggsSeptember 20, 2018, 10:13 pm

    ATLANTA – Bryson DeChambeau started the week in the No. 1 spot in the FedExCup standings. But after the first round of the Tour Championship, he’s surrendered his lead.

    Justin Rose, the current world No. 1, is the new projected winner of the $10 million bonus. Rose shot 4-under 66 in the first round and is tied for third in the tournament. He began the week in second place in the FEC standings.

    DeChambeau struggled to a 1-over 71 and is currently tied for 21st in the field of 30.

    Here’s a look at the projected standings after 18 holes at East Lake Golf Club, which includes Tiger Woods jumping from No. 20 to No. 2.

    FedExCup Rank PLAYER NAME FedExCup Points
    PROJ. OFFICIAL PROJ. TOTAL
    1 2 Justin Rose 2450
    2 20 Tiger Woods 2219
    3 23 Rickie Fowler 2182
    4 1 Bryson DeChambeau 2160
    5 3 Tony Finau 1920
    6 5 Justin Thomas 1680
    7 4 Dustin Johnson 1528
    8 6 Keegan Bradley 1238
    9 7 Brooks Koepka 1192
    10 8 Bubba Watson 992
    11 9 Billy Horschel 800
    12 28 Gary Woodland 783
    13 12 Jason Day 678
    14 10 Cameron Smith 672
    14 17 Rory McIlroy 672
    16 11 Webb Simpson 616
    17 18 Xander Schauffele 561
    18 13 Francesco Molinari 544
    19 24 Jon Rahm 480
    20 19 Tommy Fleetwood 463
    21 26 Paul Casey 461
    22 14 Phil Mickelson 454
    23 16 Patrick Cantlay 453
    24 15 Patrick Reed 450
    25 21 Aaron Wise 398
    26 25 Kyle Stanley 393
    27 22 Kevin Na 330
    28 27 Hideki Matsuyama 278
    29 30 Patton Kizzire 275
    30 29 Marc Leishman 242
    Getty Images

    Woods, Fowler match 65s to lead Tour Championship

    By Doug FergusonSeptember 20, 2018, 10:10 pm

    ATLANTA - Another tournament, another share of the first-round lead for Tiger Woods.

    Woods made an eagle putt from just over 25 feet on the par-5 18th hole for a 5-under 65 and a share of the lead Thursday with Rickie Fowler in the Tour Championship.

    It wasn't as low as the 62 he shot at Aronimink to share the 18-hole lead in the BMW Championship two weeks ago. For Woods, this one felt even better because of the dry, tougher conditions at East Lake.


    Full-field scores from the Tour Championship

    Tour Championship: Articles, photos and videos


    Woods has said getting to the Tour Championship after recovering from a fourth back surgery makes this year successful even without a victory.

    Justin Rose, in his debut at No. 1 in the world, and Gary Woodland were at 66.

    Getty Images

    Tiger's driver now a great asset to his game

    By Mercer BaggsSeptember 20, 2018, 9:57 pm

    ATLANTA – Tommy Fleetwood hit a handful of tee shots past Tiger Woods on Thursday at the Tour Championship. But Woods found more fairways [10 to eight] and shot four strokes lower [65 to 69].

    Ever since making adjustments to his driver – which included adding loft and changing the shaft – at The Northern Trust, Woods’ long game has become one of his greatest assets.

    Woods hit 10 of 14 fairways in the first round at East Lake Golf Club, which led to hitting 14 of 18 greens in regulation. Twenty-eight putts equaled a 5-under round and a share of the lead.

    It’s not as though Woods has completely traded distance for accuracy. He hit his drive on the par-5 18th 320 yards and that helped produce an eagle.


    Full-field scores from the Tour Championship

    Tour Championship: Articles, photos and videos


    It’s more like he now has the ability to control his driver. Those wayward tee shots we had become accustomed to seeing aren’t so offline. That means sometimes he’ll send one 296 yards – like he did on the first hole – and sometimes he’ll gear up and knock one 328 yards – like he did at the fifth.

    “[I]f I hit it normal, I hit it just as far. And so that's to me like 300 yards in the air,” he said. “But … the neat thing about this one is that if I miss it and spin it a little bit, those spinners stay in play instead of chasing off on me, and I can turn this ball.

    “Like the tee shot I hit down 18, I didn't have that shot earlier with – not enough loft. … [M]y spin rate would be so low that it wouldn't stay in the air.”

    “And so, yeah, if I hit controlled shots, they're in play and they're shorter. But if I go ahead and step up and launch one, I'm just as far. The neat thing is I don't have to swing it as hard to hit the ball as far. And so it puts a little less toll on my body. I don't have to have my speed up there at 120, 121, 122 miles an hour to carry it 305, 310 like I did before.”

    Often times you hear players talk about aspects of their game and it sounds like they are trying to convince themselves that things are OK. Tiger's actions are backing up his words.