McIlroy and Mahan beat off the challenges of Westwood and Wilson in the Accenture Matchplay semi finals at Dove Mountain in Arizona. McIlroy won 3 & 2 in a good match with Lee Westwood, and now has the chance to go to #1 in the world with a win over Hunter Mahan in the final. Hunter beat Mark Wilson 2 & 1, for his chance at the title.
Will update this post after the final later today.
Mark Wilson won the 2012 Humana Challenge at La Quinta by two shots from Johnson Wagner, John Mallinger and Robert Garragus. Mark’s last round 69 gave him a total of -24 for the tournament. He and Robert Garragus vied for the lead during the round, something that Mark touched on during his after tournament interview ;
“It feels good obviously here with the trophy. The day went not as planned really, but I guess it never does, but last time I came out here I shot sixty two. So of course had those images in mind. Made a bad swing on the third hole, and just kinda hit a lot of good shots. The pins were in tough spots, to get close to, so I was really patient, and then birdying number eleven. I played that hole very smart, and then holed the bunker shot on twelve, really gave me momentum to go in the right direction. And I felt like Robert and I really had a good time, and Zach for that matter. But Robert and I kinda going back and forth. We enjoyed that, both making the putts on sixteen, and the it just came down to eighteen. And I didn’t want to give him a chance to make that putt and to tie me. So thankfully I rolled mine in and got it done.
Phil Mickelson finished with a round of 69, but never really recovered from the first round 74, which left him way off the pace. He is still hopeful of competing successfully during the West Coast swing.
Kiwi Danny Lee finished tied for 66th place after a poor last round of 74 and will be aiming to improve his challenge over four really competitive rounds next time out.
Highest placed Englishman was Gary Christian who had a great last round of 64, tied 14th at -17. But he was unable to mount a serious challenge after his third round collapse of 73, too much of a mountain to climb.
The Humana Challenge suspended play midway through the third round after 35 mph winds rampaged across the Palm Springs area. Mark Wilson was halted at -5 under through 15 holes of the third round and leading at -21 under for the tournament. The ugly high winds really caused some damage, unbelievably on all three courses, which toppled trees, blew balls off greens, even knocking a scoreboard into a lake. The Humana Challenge will resume third-round play at La Quinta California on Sunday morning. Mark Wilson is holding a three-stroke lead over Ben Crane, who is -2 under through 12 holes and -18 under for the tournament. Zach Johnson is in third place, he is -6 under par through 13 holes and -17 under overall. Mark seemed pretty happy with coming off the course early, saying in his after round interview;
” When they blew the horn I wasn’t that disappointed. Regardless your gonna wake up Sunday morning with the lead. With a little bit of a lengthy day you’ve got three holes to play in round number three. Then of course you play the final round, what type of mentality do you have in that day. You’ve got to make a lot of birdies, I mean, this format with these types of courses, you’ve just got to make a lot of birdies. So, I haven’t looked at the board, I know you told me I’m in front, but I’ve got to keep making birdies to win this thing.”
David Toms, Ben Crane and Mark Wilson all share the lead at the Humana Challenge at the PGA West course in La Quinta, California. The trio are at -16 after the second round, three shots ahead of their nearest rivals, headed by Camillo Villegas.
Phil Mickleson had a better round today, 69 for a total of -1, but is still a long way from making the cut, a point he mentioned in his after round interview;
” After a rough start today, being three over, I played the last thirteen six under. Played much better and I’m excited about how I was playing heading into this tournament. But, I’ve had a bit of a slap in the face with my first two scores. I’ll try tomorrow to go out and play a good round, hopefully make the cut. Get a bit of momentum heading into next week’s event in San Diego.
Phil tried out a new driver today and it seemed to work pretty well, hitting it much straighter than yesterdays effort.
New Zealand’s Danny Lee gad another 3 under round 69 to finish the second day at -6. He is playing steady golf and making a good impression, while flying the flag for NZ.