AUSTIN, Texas – An occasion that had no curiosity in chalk for the primary three days turned considerably predictable Saturday at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.
After only a single participant from the highest 20 superior to the knockout levels, the Sweet 16 featured seven matches going to the higher-seeded participant, together with Jon Rahm (No. 3), who’s the one participant from the “A group” remaining.
Rahm defeated Erik van Rooyen, 3 and a pair of, to advance to the Elite 8 for the second time in his profession and he’ll play Scottie Scheffler in the afternoon quarterfinal spherical.
Scheffler, a quasi-local having performed his faculty golf at the University of Texas, out-Ian-Poulter-ed Ian Poulter with seven birdies in 14 holes for a convincing 5-and-4 triumph.
(*16*) stated Scheffler, who will face Rahm in the quarterfinals. “A guy like that, you give him an inch he’s going to turn the door wide open and flip the match on me, so I knew I couldn’t give him anything.”
Brian Harman was simply as spectacular after falling behind early, 4 down, to Bubba Watson. From Nos. 6 by way of 13, Harman rolled in 75 toes of birdie putts, together with a 32-footer at No. 9, and held on for a 2-and-1 victory.
“[Watson] is a hard guy to beat in match play and he knocked me out of this tournament last time, so it’s nice to get the best of him today,” stated Harman, who’s the lowest-seeded participant (54) remaining.
But if Scheffler and Harman can each make a declare for the spherical of the morning, Tommy Fleetwood hit the undisputed shot of the fourth spherical when his 7-iron tee shot at the par-3 fourth discovered the outlet.
“It was a smooth 7-iron, carried onto the slope, and rolled back in. We couldn’t see it,” stated Fleetwood, who defeated Dylan Frittelli, 4 and three. “I think that was back-to-back hole-in-ones on that hole because Sergio was the last person to play it last night and then me this morning, so we’re on a good run on that one.”
Fleetwood will play Billy Horschel, who defeated Kevin Streelman, in the quarterfinals whereas Sergio Garcia – who beat MacKenzie Hughes, 2 and 1, in the morning spherical – will play Victor Perez, who made fast work of Robert MacIntyre, 5 and 4.
In the morning’s best match, Matt Kuchar outlasted Jordan Spieth with a 4-footer for birdie at the 18th gap. He’ll play Harman in the afternoon body.