WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Dustin Duly Delivers.

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Dustin Johnson duly delivers his third straight win, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title, at Austin Country Club in Texas.

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Dustin, dressed appropriately in the sponsors colors, won the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play title, 1 up against Jon Rahm, from Spain.

Dustin thinks he can get better;

“I still feel like I’m not playing my best golf.”

“I’m playing really well, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t feel like I’m playing my best.”

“It’s impossible to win every week. I know that. But being No.1, it kind of drives me to work harder and to get better.”

“There’s still a lot of room for improvement in my game.”

“If I’m playing my best, yeah, I’ll play against anybody anytime.”

“I believe in my ability. And I know what it takes to win out here.”

“Some days it’s easier. I feel like when you’re rolling in putts, that’s when the game gets pretty easy.”

” I’ve got a lot of confidence now. Confidence in my game and confidence in myself.”

“It’s not going to be any different for me going forward. I’m still going to prepare like I always do and go out and try to play the best I can.”

“The Masters is always a tournament that I look forward to every year. I’ve actually played good there the last two years. I’m excited to go back when the game is in good form. I feel like everything is working pretty well.”

Jon was full of admiration for his opponent;

“It’s amazing how he’s able to keep cool the entire round. It amazes me. And he’s just a perfect, complete player.”

“Honestly, he doesn’t really make mistakes. I think he’s learned from what he’s done in the past and he’s embracing it now and that’s why he’s winning tournaments.”

In the consolation match, Hideto Hanihara, with the help of a hole in one, beat Bill Haas 2-1.

 

 

WGC Dell Technologies Match Play. It’s Dustin v Jon.

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It will be World number one Dustin Johnson verses Jon Rahm in the final of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, at Austin Country Club in Texas.

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Dustin defeated Hideto Tanihara 1 up in the semi final, the first time he had gone 18 holes in this tournament.

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Jon defeated Bill Haas in his semi final, 3-2, to set up this intriguing final round at the WGC-Dell technologies Match Play tournament.

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Saturday Matches, Jon Rahm Looking Strong.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. Saturday matches from the last 16 down to the Quarter Finals. Jon Rahm is looking strong after two wins on Saturday at Austin Country Club, in Texas.

Jon Rahm is in the semifinals after two wins on Saturday. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon Rahm first beat Charles Howell 111 6-4, and then dispatched Soren Kjeldsen 7-5 to progress to the semi finals, where he will face Bill Haas. In the morning round Soren had accounted for William McGirt 5-4.

Jon was impressed with his putting today;

“The golf I’ve played the last three matches really has been very impressive even to myself, and it seemed to get better as I played, which is something that doesn’t happen often.”

“I felt my confidence was growing. The first few matches my putter let me down, but I was hitting the ball great.”

“Today my putter was rolling. I think that’s one of the main why I was able to do it the way I did it today.”

Bill was 1 up against Kevin Na, and then produced a great display in beating Phil Mickelson 2-1, to get to the semi finals. Phil had beaten Marc Leishman 4-3 in the morning.

Phil is still struggling with the putts, he should ditch that claw grip, he wont win a Major with it;

“He played really well. He made seven birdies today and that’s going to be enough to do it.”

“I had a number of chances to keep pace and match him on the front nine. I struggled making the putts that I have been making all week. That seemed to me to be the difference.”

Dustin Johnson beat namesake Zac 5-4, and then eliminated Alex Noren 3-2. Alex had beaten Brooks Koepka 3-1 in the morning before falling to Dustin who will now play Hideto Tanihara in the semi’s.

Dustin spoke about his encounter with Soren, the longest match he has played so far in the tournament;

“Obviously I won the first three holes, but then from there we were kind of back and forth.”

“Like I said, I gave 10 and 11 away. Then he won 12, too. Got back to all square.”

“So obviously it was a lot tighter than I would like to have been standing on 13 tee. But came back and birdied three of my next four holes and got the match.”

In the morning round Hideto eased passed Paul Casey 2-1. and then dispatched the other Englishman Ross Fisher 4-2, who had firmly beaten Bubba Watson in the morning round 4-3.

Hideto is also happy with his putting;

“My shot has been good this whole week. I knew it would come down to the putting. So I was just; the putting was pretty good, so I’m happy.”

 

 

 

 

WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. The Final 16. Sergio Blitzed By Jon.

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WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play has a last 16 for the weekend  at Austin Country Club in Texas. Spain’s new wonder kid Jon Rahm blitzed the old one Sergio Garcia, 6-4.

Jon Rahm (left) knocked off fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia to win Group 7. (Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

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Jon eased past Sergio 6-4 to win group 7, he told reporters

“I’d rather not play a fellow Spaniard. Obviously, representing Spain, we want as many Spaniards to make it as far as possible. But worse came to worse, and luckily whoever won today was going to make it through. Out of that, at least we are happy that was going to happen.”

Sergio said he did not perform well;

“Obviously Jon is playing well. It is nice to see at least a Spanish player going through. . “At the end of the day, you have to perform and if you don’t do it then you get beat.”

World number 1 Dustin Johnson won group one, saying;

“I like match play, it’s fun and it’s exciting to watch. Yeah, I feel like I’ve got a little bit of an advantage just because I’m playing really well.”

The last sixteen knockout matches begin tomorrow, lining up like this;

Kevin Na USA v Bill Hass USA

Marc Leishman Australia v Phil Mickelson USA

Jon Rahm Spain v Charles Howell 111 USA

Soren Kjeldson Denmark v William McGirt USA

Hideto Tanihara Japan  v Paul Casey England

Ross Fisher England v Bubba Watson USA

Alex Noren Sweden v Brooks Koepka USA

Dustin Johnson USA v Zack Johnson USA.

It is sad that this years  Championship has been blighted by mid-term with withdrawals, which left Rory McIlroy with no chance to progress. after Jason Day retired. Other groups also had the same misfortune, with Gary Woodland withdrawing for personal reasons, and Francesco Molinari with an injury.

 

 

 

WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play. Rory Out.

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Rory McIlroy is out of the  WGC – Dell Technologies Match Play, at Austin Country Club in Texas.

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Soren  Kjeldsen beat Emiliano Grillo, to advance to the last 16 of the WGC Dell Match Play tournament, and at the same time eliminating Rory McIlroy, because Soren will win the group with a walk over point in round three.

Soren was happy to progress out of a tough group;

“Right now, I’m very pleased to make it through, obviously I was in a very, very, very tough group and I got through that. I’m happy with that.”

Top winners included Bubba Watson 4-3 over Scott Piercy, World number 1 Dustin Johnson 3-2 over Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson 5-4 over Daniel Berger and Jordan Spieth 4-2 over Yuta Ikeda.

Unfortunately the two pull outs have changed the complexity of the competition.

Sergio Garcia set up an intriguing winner-takes-all encounter with Jon Rahm following his 4 and 3 victory over Kevin Chappell;

“It wasn’t easy. It was so gusty, the wind was blowing so hard.”

“Normally you need to hit a good putt, but you have to get lucky with catching the gust at the right time. I felt like I played really well today.”

“That’s what I wanted at the beginning of the week, for both of us on Friday to play to get through so at least one of us Spaniards goes through. I am excited.”

Jon is looking forward to the battle;

“We really want to play each other. We wish it was in the final. But we’re going to pretend like it’s a final.”

“We’re both very excited. Mathematically whoever wins tomorrow is going to go through. I think that is a good thing for us that at least we will have the showdown tomorrow.”

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Marc Leishman Wins.

 

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Marc Leishman, from Australia, wins the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

A win for the whole family

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Marc holed a 50 ft Eagle putt on the 16th hole on his way to carding  final Arnold Palmer Invitational round of -3 under 69, to post the winning total of -11 under par’

Marc convinced himself that son Harvey would make the Eagle putt;

“Some weird things go through your head, but I was thinking,  because we have a putting green upstairs, that Harvey could make this putt. You have to make it.”

“It’s such a special year to honour Mr. Palmer how they have. It’s unbelievable.”

“Obviously, it’s sad not to have him up there on 18, but to play how I did and to win any tournament’s huge, but especially this one.”

“The putter was pivotal all week. I’ve been putting well all year and it’s nice to be able to hole putts the last few days.”

“That was key to do that. I gave myself chances for putts and, yeah, it was an awesome day and I couldn’t have drawn it up any better.”

Kevin Kisner, +1 over 73 today and Charley Hoffman, also +1 over 73, tied in second place at -10 under par

Rory McIlroy -3 under 69 today, shared fourth spot with Tyrrell Hatton, -1 under 71, both at -9 under par.

Rory wanted the win, but was happy with his effort the last two days;

“I haven’t had the win that I’ve wanted, but it’s been good consistent play and that hopefully bodes well for the year ahead.”

“I struggled the first two days here. I found it a little bit on the weekend. I’m just happy that I’m out here playing again and I feel good.”

Arnold Palmer Invitational. Charley and Kevin Have 54 Hole Lead.

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Charley Hoffman and Kevin Kisner share the 54 hole lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Florida.

Charley Hoffman finished birdie-birdie-birdie at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He's tied for the lead. (Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

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Charley shot a third round -1 under par 71, which included birdies at the last three holes, while Kevin carded -4 under 68, to both share top spot on the  Arnold Palmer Invitational leaderboard at -11 under, and will take a three shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Charley says he is in a special spot;

“Week-in and week-out you’re trying to win, but to be in position at Arnie’s event is a special spot.”

 “It’s right up there with competing in a major championship, there’s no question.”

“To keep his legacy going and win his event would be something special.”

“Coming down the stretch I’m probably not going to think about that too much. I’m just trying to win a golf tournament, to be completely honest.”

“But if I happen to, it would definitely be a special one to put on the mantle.”

Kevin has a poor record in play-off’s;

“I’ve lost plenty of playoffs out here, so I try to make as many birdies as I can so I don’t have to do that anymore.”

 “These guys are not afraid and they’re going to make a lot of birdies and there’s no protecting leads.”

“I saw I got the lead early and then just tried to make as many birdies as I could on the back nine.”

Three players are tied in third position at -8 under par, Tyrrell Hatton, England, -5 under par 67 today, Marc Leishman, Australia, -1 under 71, and Matt Fitzpatrick, from England, who stood still today at even par.

Rory McIlroy made good progress today, a bogey free -7 under 65, which takes him to -6 under for the tournament, saying he played better and made some putts;

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“Today it presented us with an opportunity to go low, the golf course played a little bit shorter, so you could take advantage of the par-fives.”

“I just played better. I gave myself a lot of looks and holed some putts, which was nice to see. It’s sort of a score that I was waiting on.”

“I felt like it was in there, it was just a matter of trying to put it all together and today I did.”

“At least I’ve given myself a decent chance tomorrow, if I get off to a fast start, I’ll be right in there. I can take a lot from today.”

“I put it in the right position, I drove it better, gave myself a lot of looks, was smart when I needed to be and if I can continue to do that, then I do have a good chance.”