After two days of Pool play in the WGC Dell Technologies Match-Play the only certain facts are about those who are not going to qualify for the week-end in Texas. They include World number one Dustin Johnson, USA, and Jon Rahm, from Spain.
Rory McIlroy, Northern Ireland, and Phil Mickelson, USA, both have to win tomorrow to have any chance of advancing.
Rory explained the difference between yesterday and today’s rounds;
“I didn’t make the mistakes early and let my opponent get up early. That was main difference.”
“I just know that if I win tomorrow, I’m staying here a little bit longer.”
“I’m more relaxed because I know my game is there. I have got a lot of great shots to fall back on, the good swings that I have made, putts that I have holed.”
Phil made a great comeback;
“Today I came out on the front nine and I made one birdie and one bogey and I was four down through seven.”
“You’ve got to make birdies. On the back nine I made five of them.”
“I’ve got to play more aggressive.”
“That’s shocking that I would say that, because I usually play pretty aggressive. But I’ve been playing way too conservative and not going after it.”
Sailing supremely along are 15 players who have played two, won two, and there will be a few matches out there tomorrow, which will have no meaning at all, because win or lose they can not advance.
Rory put the feelings of those players into words;
“You try to go out with the mindset that I’m going to maybe try things or if you are working on your golf swing, it’s a good round to take advantage of trying different things.”
“But there’s going to be guys going out there tomorrow that would really just want to be on a plane tonight going home.”