Lee Westwood has seen most issues in his lengthy profession, however this was the primary time he had ever been overwhelmed by his opponent making a hole-in-one on the fourth sudden-death gap.
And to make the circumstances of Westwood’s elimination from the WGC Dell Match Play much more weird, it was his outdated Ryder Cup companion Sergio Garcia hanging the walk-off ace.
It was an important effort by Westwood, the 47-year-old who fought his means again into the world’s high 20 with back-to-back runner-up placings on the PGA Tour earlier this month. After shedding his opening round-robin group match towards Garcia on Wednesday, he battled again at Austin Country Club with spectacular wins towards countrymen Matt Wallace on Thursday after which Tyrrell Hatton, on Friday.
The method of Westwood’s 4&3 victory over the world No 8 advised he was favorite towards Garcia – who misplaced 3& 2 to Wallace – however after they halved the primary three holes of the shootout, Garcia hit a 9 iron on the 160-yard fourth that immediately eliminated all of the uncertainty. “I really don’t know what to say,’ he said. “A hole-in-one is amazing. It’s my 13th and it’s lucky No. 13.
“It was a great shot, but then you get lucky that first of all it doesn’t hit the flag because it must have been very close and then it rolls back in. I’m sorry for Lee, but unfortunately one of us had to lose.”
Garcia performs Canadian Mackenzie Hughes within the final 16 and should fancy himself to go all the best way. As Europe’s main points-scorer within the Ryder Cup, it’s faintly ridiculous that the Spaniard has solely as soon as gone additional than the quarter-final on this occasion. For Westwood, the following cease shall be Augusta for the season’s first main in 12 days time.
Bob MacIntyre, the debut-making Scot, was feeling equally lucky, though his development from the group containing world No 1 Dustin Johnson truly owed little to anything aside from the left-hander’s personal thrilling expertise.
After halving with Johnson on Thursday, MacIntyre, the 24-year-old from Oban, was one down towards American Adam Long on the 18th tee. As he was driving, Johnson was stood over his 40-footer on the 18th inexperienced towards Kevin Na. A number of seconds later, MacIntyre’s ball bounced on to the inexperienced and rolled as much as inside two toes.
He was the primary participant to drive that gap all week, however MacIntyre thanked the celebrities after it got here down off the left financial institution of the placing floor.
“That was probably one of the best and one of the luckiest golf shots I’ve hit in my life,” he mentioned” I used to be attempting to hit the inexperienced, however for me if I hit my regular shot I fly the slope, it hits flat, does not go on the inexperienced. But I needed to win the opening, so I believed, ‘here we go’. Let’s get the low one going. It was completely good – precisely what I wanted.”
MacIntyre performs France’s Victor Perez this morning, with the winner taking part in both Garcia or Hughes within the afternoon quarter-final
Rory McIlroy additionally created drama on that remaining gap when he chipped in to say a half with Australian Cam Smith. It was educational as by that time as McIlroy was out anyway, with Ian Poulter having beat Lanto Griffin 2&1 to undergo. Next up for Poulter is Scottie Scheffler. Tommy Fleetwood is one other Englishman within the final 16 after seeing off Bryson DeChambeau on the 18th. He now faces South African Dylan Frittelli.