We missed this.
After COVID-19 precipitated the cancellation of the 2020 World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, the followers are again this week, masked up and excited to observe among the sport’s greatest names duke it out on a course that’s completely suited to one-on-one competitors.
The massive names confirmed up this week, not together with the legendary Tiger Woods, whose newest comeback was derailed by his car accident earlier final month. But to not fear; Dylan Frittelli, the ultimate qualifier of the 64 gamers, who superior in his pool regardless of shedding to Will Zalatoris, gave us some Tiger taste with the Sunday crimson shirt, black slacks combo.
Star energy is good, however a well-recognized identify will get you no actual benefit in match play, the place a few poorly positioned photographs can result in the exits.
Just ask world No. 2 Justin Thomas, who got here in scorching after edging Lee Westwood for the Players Championship two weeks in the past for his second top-five end in six begins. JT completed up with a win over Louis Oosthuizen however had taken himself out of rivalry with losses in his first two matches.
Chicks dig the lengthy ball, however big-hitting No. 5 seed Bryson DeChambeau wasn’t in a position to parlay distance into dominance after shedding to Tommy Fleetwood.
Frittelli knocked out No. 12 Tony Finau on Wednesday, and Australian Jason Day, who gained this this match in 2016, misplaced to Longhorn Scottie Scheffler the identical day.
One of the higher matches got here in Group No. 4, the place Collin Morikawa, a rising star who gained the PGA Championship final August, had some acquainted faces in his group Friday as former NFL quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Colt McCoy and NFL hopeful Sam Ehlinger have been available to observe his match with Billy Horschel.
The 24-year-old Cal-Berkeley product confirmed up right here assured about making a run, however Horschel took away the play in a cleanly performed match. Neither golfer made a bogey, however Horschel made the putts that counted with 5 birdies to solely two for Morikawa.
Match play is about taking benefits of those small home windows of alternative, and the Thirty second-seeded Horschel’s putter made the distinction. Horschel obtained a little bit measure of revenge after tying for second at the Concession behind Morikawa..
“It’s a great match-play course,” Horschel mentioned. “I think from the first time I stepped foot on it, in 2016 was our first year here, maybe, I thought it was a perfect match-play course, and I love coming back here.”
As of this scribbling, there have been playoffs occurring in all places, and far had not been determined.
In brief, the massive canine haven’t been barking the loudest this week however there’s loads of golf forward of us. The underdogs have proven up, which is the fantastic thing about match play. Golfers akin to No. 53 Kevin Streelman, who will face Horschel, who birdied No. 3 to take out Max Homa, are in play for the weekend.
“I think it’s a blast,” he mentioned. “Anything can happen. There’s probably more pressure on the top guys than a guy like me coming in ranked 58th or something. It’s like, hey, I’ve got nothing to lose, and trying to get in the Masters still, and now we’ve got a few rounds in front of me that some good things can happen.”
Everyone has a puncher’s probability in match play.