AUSTIN, Texas — Those hoping this was the yr the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play would produce two semifinal matches between high seeds had been possible disillusioned with Saturday’s outcomes — however the day held loads of pleasure.
The Final Four consists of all seeds of 30 or increased as we head into Sunday’s ultimate day of motion at Austin Country Club.
Among the large names eradicated on Saturday had been Jordan Spieth — who had a chance to take a late lead in his Round-of-16 match, but failed to take advantage — Jon Rahm, Sergio Garcia and Bubba Watson.
That leaves simply 4, all of whom will play a pair of matches on Sunday. Here’s a take a look at these nonetheless standing and how they bought to the ultimate day.
Matt Kuchar drives from the No. 7 tee throughout a Round of 16 match in opposition to Jordan Spieth at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship on Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: David J. Phillip/Associated Press)
How he bought right here: Kuchar battled with Jordan Spieth in his early match and used a birdie on the 18th gap to earn the victory in what was a decent contest all through. In the afternoon, Kuchar and Brian Harman (54) had a superb match, however Kuchar went 3 up on No. 13 with a birdie after which matched Harman’s birdie on No. 17 to shut it out. Quote: “Listen, anybody that’s in this field is a great player. But you know when the guys have gotten out of the pool play, you know they’re playing really strong, really solid golf, and you know it’s going to take really high-quality golf to keep advancing. To beat Jordan this morning, I don’t think I led until the 18th hole. And then Brian is just one of those cagey bulldogs, a lot like Kevin Kisner earlier in the week, that it was going to take a great performance by me and thankfully I had another strong afternoon.” Up subsequent: Scottie Scheffler in the semifinals.
Scottie Scheffler and Ian Poulter watch Scheffler’s drive from the No. 6 tee throughout a Round of 16 match at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championship on Saturday, March 27, 2021, in Austin, Texas. (Photo: David J. Phillip/Associated Press)
How he bought right here: Birdies, and loads of ’em. In reality, Scheffler had 15 birdies in 31 holes performed on Saturday. He seemed snug in rolling previous Ian Poulter in the early match, 5 and 4, after which posting three birdies in the first 5 holes to get an enormous lead on third-seeded Jon Rahm. Although Rahm inched nearer with a birdie on No. 15, Scheffler — who performed at close by University of Texas — closed issues out on No. 17 with a birdie of his personal. Quote (on anticipated windy situations for Sunday): “I mean, I think I would rate myself as a pretty good wind player. I definitely played in some conditions around this course and I think it’s going to be a different direction tomorrow, I think it’s going to be a north wind and so a gusty north wind around this course is something these guys may not have seen and I think I’ll have the upper hand with a little bit of experience and looking forward to the challenge as well.” Up subsequent: Matt Kuchar in the semifinals.
Victor Perez tees off on No. 10 throughout the fourth day of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin Country Club. (Photo: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports)
How he bought right here: Perez posted birdies on three of the first 4 holes in opposition to Robert MacIntyre in his early match and coasted to a snug victory, 5 and 4. In the afternoon, the Frenchman bought down after the first gap to Sergio Garcia, however then stormed again with one other string of birdies — this time three in 5 holes — to achieve management. Quote (on taking part in in opposition to Sergio): “I was fortunate enough that he took me a little bit under his wing, which when I first got over here last year when golf restarted in June, I play some practice rounds with him at Colonial and RBC and some of those tournaments where he made me feel a little bit more comfortable over here. I think for me coming over I have some people that I know, but not much and it was actually really nice of him to allow me to get comfortable on this stage on the PGA Tour and so I think, yeah, in a sense I was pretty much it was a little bit lucky that it was him, it will be somebody else tomorrow.” Up subsequent: Billy Horschel in the semifinals.
Billy Horschel tees off on No. 10 throughout the fourth day of the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play golf match at Austin Country Club. Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports
How he bought right here: Horschel by no means trailed in opposition to Kevin Streelman in the Round-of-16 match, placing up birdies on every of the opening two holes earlier than rolling to a win. Things bought extra fascinating in the afternoon match, nonetheless, as Horschel wanted an enormous birdie on No. 17 to even issues up with Tommy Fleetwood, then salvaged par on the 18th to drive a playoff. While Horschel’s drive on the opening playoff gap discovered the fairway, Fleetwood opened the door by pulling his drive out of bounds. Quote: “I played really well this morning. I made six birdies and then no bogeys. Played decent this afternoon. I made two bogeys with two bad 3-putts, which doesn’t usually happen for me. So other than that it was a good round of golf. The swing got a little loose toward the end there and sort of struggled on a couple shots that I shouldn’t have an issue with. But I was able to grind it out, bear down a little bit, and hit a good shot into 17 when I needed to and make a putt. So, yeah, today’s a really good day, a successful day. And I came into the match with Tommy feeling like it’s been a successful week, played good against Streelman. I knew I was playing another tough opponent in Tommy and I felt like whatever happened, happened, I was going to be happy, fine with it.” Up subsequent: Victor Perez in the semifinals.