AUSTIN, Texas — Tommy Fleetwood was looking at a one-way flight out of Austin on Friday when his second shot on the 18th hole landed in a deep hazard roughly 40 yards from the inexperienced.
Carrying a 1 up lead in opposition to Bryson DeChambeau, one of many world’s hottest golfers, he wanted to halve the hole to be among the many 16 opponents who will compete Saturday and Sunday on the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club.
Fleetwood, who couldn’t see the inexperienced, then launched a shot that caught the again facet of the inexperienced and saved his weekend. He would want two putts — his ultimate shot a easy three-footer — to oust DeChambeau 1-up.
Fleetwood completed pod play with a 2-0-1 document. He superior from a gaggle that additionally included Antoine Rozner (2-1-0).
The fashionable 30-year-old from England was serenaded by an appreciative gallery. “Tommy! Tommy! Tommy!” followers shouted as he left the inexperienced.
Fleetwood stated he was lucky as a result of his second shot on the 18th hole landed simply inches from a creek. The small patch of filth beneath the ball was agency sufficient to present him a good shot.
“I could hit the ball, which was lucky,” stated Fleetwood, the world’s Twenty second-ranked golfer. “It was just the direction that might have been the problem. But I knew I could hit the ball so I could find a way into that. … It came out way better than I thought it would. It helps when you can ground your club in a hazard now.”
Down by three photographs after 13 holes, DeChambeau received the 14th and sixteenth holes to place strain on Fleetwood. DeChambeau, ranked fifth in the world, was constantly longer off the tee, however that didn’t rattle Fleetwood.
“I think for some people it can make it more challenging knowing that he’s probably going to have some more opportunities if he hits it well, but at the end of the day your game is all you’ve got, and that’s what you go with,” he stated.
Among the golfers who certified for the ultimate 16 are Mackenzie Hughes, Kevin Streelman and former University of Texas All-American Dylan Frittelli.
Frittelli superior regardless of dropping his match to Will Zalatoris 2 up. His 2-1 document was sufficient hold him in the match forward of Zalatoris and Tony Finau, each 1-1-1.
Playing on a well-known course benefited the previous Longhorn.
“Any course can be overpowered if you can put it in play,” Frittelli stated. “I think there are a few holes where doglegs and water and hazards kind of inhibit your ability to hit it long and take advantage and I think wedge is going to be the better odds, but in match play anything is possible.”
Streelman superior by defeating Abraham Ancer on the primary hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Among the golfers who may need shocked the sector by reaching the spherical of 16 is Hughes, who halved his match with Talor Gooch after profitable simply Wednesday and Thursday. Having a detailed name Friday may serve him nicely the remainder of the weekend, he stated.
“My caddie and I said that it was probably not a bad thing that we had to play 17 and 18 and see those holes,” Hughes stated. “Maybe I saw too much of 18 today, but all in all, yeah, it was good to be tested and be pushed to the brink like that and have to hit some good shots down the stretch.”
Justin Thomas, the world’s No. 2 golfer, ended a forgettable week on a excessive observe, defeating Louis Oosthuizen 3 and a pair of.
Among the opposite golfers who received matches Friday however did not advance to the weekend had been Viktor Hovland and Shane Lowry.