WGC Dell Match Play. Jason Day Delivers.

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Jason Day  delivers as he wraps up another titlethe  WGC Dell Match Play at Austin County Club, in Texas.

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  Jason took care of business, beating Louis Oosthuizen 5&4 in the final of the WGC Dell Match Play competition.

Jason won despite suffering from a sore back;

“I just kept on rolling from last week, and even with a sore back this week, obviously it gradually got better and better, but I’m just really, really pleased with how I played.” 

“I really enjoy this golf course, it was such a pleasure to play here. I’ve never been here before. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Austin.”

“But just set up so beautifully, it didn’t matter where the wind was coming, because we had southerly and northerly winds.”

“And when you have the short game on, especially around here, you can definitely go low. I’ve been working very hard on that short game and on the greens I just felt like I could hole anything.”

Louis admitted Jason is in front of everyone at  the moment;

“He’s definitely at the moment a few steps ahead of everyone.”

To end a not so good week for Rory McIlroy, Rafa Cabrera Bello beat him for the Consolation Cup,  3 and 2.

Rory was still upbeat about his progress;

“I said coming into this tournament, if I play three rounds or six rounds or even seven rounds match play, feeling like you’re in contention every time you step onto the match tee is a great feeling and is something you cannot replicate in practice.”

“So the week has been very positive overall.”

“I wish I could have been able to get one more win under my belt but I’m really happy with my game going into Augusta.”                       

WGC Dell Match Play. It’s Jason and Louis in the Final.

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Jason Day and Louis Oosthuizen will contest the final of the WGC Dell Match Play at Austin County Club, in Texas.

Day, Oosthuizen advance to finals  Oosthuizen, Cabrera Bello advance

                                                     Jason and Louis / Getty Images

 

Jason pipped Rory 1 up to get to the final, where he will now face Louis Oosthuizen. Jason is  for his second Match Play title, having won in 2014 under the previous single-elimination format.

Louis defeated Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 and will contest the final against the new World #1 Jason Day.

Louis played steadily in the wind today

“It was windy again today so the course played a bit different. I don’t do anything spectacular.”

“I lost a bit of focus on 8 and 9. I was pretty solid on the day. I’ve been watching the match carefully and I know I need to play really well this afternoon.”

“I felt it was a day where Rafa wasn’t at his best today, so I needed to make sure I made pars and not give anything away like 8 and 9.”

 

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Semi-Final Match Ups.

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Rory and Jason advance through to the semi-finals tomorrow, where the are           matched up, competing for a final spot at Austin County Club.

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 ” It’s been a long week, I played 55 holes in three days coming into today, and then to go all the way with Zach, it was nice to get a couple of holes off.”

“I played very well this afternoon. I think it’s the best I’ve played all week, and obviously the score reflects that.”

“I feel like each and every day I’ve improved a little bit.”

“I think I made six or seven birdies out there this afternoon. I made a couple of mistakes and gave a couple of holes away, but for the most part I was very pleased with how I played.”

” Even if tomorrow doesn’t quite go the way I want it to, I feel like I’ve still made a lot of great strides forward this week.” 

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“It’s been a bit of an up and down week, especially emotionally. It’s been quite amazing to be able to start the week and not really thinking I’m going to be able to play with what happened Wednesday.”

“And turn around I’m No. 1 in the world on Saturday. It’s a strange feeling. I’m glad I stuck it out.”

Rory and Jason face each other in the semi-finals tomorrow.

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Dustin Johnson.

Louis said he had had a good day playing some good golf;

“It was a good day for me. I had two tough matches today.”

“I was focused quite a bit this morning and waited to give myself a good opportunity to have a shot against Jordan.”

“And then this afternoon, you know, a little bit probably more relaxed and played some good golf.”

Rafa Cabrera Bello 2&1 over Ryan Moore.

Rafa put his victory down to masking some clutch putts;

“Obviously it was a hard day. He’s a great competitor. We both played good, I think. It was tough out there with the wind, also.”

“On my behalf, I think that the difference was I just holed a few clutch putts and hit really good wedges into the greens, gave myself birdie chances and I made a few of them.”

Rafa will now face Louis in the semi-finals.

 

WGC Dell Match Play. Day 2.

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Day 2 of Group Play at the  WGC Dell Match Play tournament has been completed at Austin Country Club.

Rory McIlroy will face Kevin Na in a Group 3 showdown of unbeatens on Friday. (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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Todays Results

Group 1

Jordan Spieth 5&4  over Victor Dubuisson. Justin Thomas lost 2 up to  Jamie Donaldson

Spieth 2-0, Dubuisson 1-1, Donaldson 1-1 Thomas 0-2, eliminated. Jordan in control,

Group 2

Jason Day 5&3  over Thongchai JaideeGraeme McDowell Halved with Paul Casey.

Day 2-0-0, Jaidee 1-1-0, Casey 0-1-1, McDowell 0-1-1. Jason in control, Thongchai Jaidee can force a playoff with a win. Paul and Graeme eliminated.

Group 3

Rory McIlroy 3&1 up over Smylie Kaufman Thorbjorn Olesen lost 3&2 to Kevin Na.

McIlroy 2-0, Na 2-0, Kaufman 0-2, Olesen 0-2 Its Rory verses Kevin, the winner will advance.

Group 4

Bubba Watson 2 Up over Emiliano GrilloPatton Kizzire Halved  with J.B. Holmes.

Watson 1-0-1, Grillo 1-1-0, Kizzire 0-0-2, Holmes 0-1-1. Bubba needs a win over J.B. If he loses then just about anything could happen !!

Group 5

Rickie Fowler Halved with  Scott Piercy.   Byeong Hun An 2 up over Jason Dufner.

An 1-0-1, Dufner 1-1-0, Piercy 0-0-2, Fowler 0-1-1. Byeong needs a win to advance, other wise its complicated.

Group 6

Adam Scott 3&2 over Chris Wood.   Bill Haas 4&2 over Thomas Pieters.

Haas 2-0-0, Scott 1-0-1, Pieters 0-1-1, Wood 0-0-2.  Bill must get a  win or tie. Adam must defeat Bill to advance Chris and Thomas eliminated.

Group 7

Justin Rose Halved with  Anirban Lahiri.  Fabian Gomez Halved with Matt Kuchar 

Rose 1-0-1, Kuchar 1-0-1, Lahiri 0-1-1, Gomez 0-1-1. Justin and Matt face off for the win. Fabian and Anirban eliminated

Group 8

Dustin Johnson 5&4 over Kiradech Aphibarnrat.  Jimmy Walker 4&3 over Robert Streb.

Johnson 1-1-0, Walker 1-1-0, Aphibarnrat 1-1-0, Streb 1-1-0.  This one is wide open, anyone could win.

Group 9

Patrick Reed 4&3 over Matthew Fitzpatrick.  Phil Mickelson 1 up over Daniel Berger.

Reed 2-0, Mickelson 2-0, Fitzpatrick 0-2, Berger 0-2. Phil and Patrick face off, Daniel and Matthew eliminated.

Group 10

Danny Willett lost 3&2 to  Billy Horschell. Brooks Koepka 5&4 over Jaco Van Zyl.

Koepka 2-0-0 Horschel 1-1-0, Willett 0-1-1, Van Zyl 0-1-1. Lots of permutations but baically Brookes just needs to win.

Group 11

Branden Grace 4&3 over  David Lingmerth.  Russell Knox 2&1 over Chris Kirk. 

Knox 1-0-1,Grace 1-1-0, Kirk 1-1-0, Lingmerth 0-1-1. Chris needs a win to advance, the only certain thing here is David has been eliminated

Group 12

Hideki Matsuyama 4&2 over Soren Kjeldsen.  Rafa Cabrera Bello 4&3 over  Kevin Kisner.

Cabrera Bello 2-0-0, Matsuyama 1-1-0, Kisner 1-1-0, Kjeldsen 0-2-0. Raphael  will advance with a win or tie, otherwise its also complicated.

Group 13

Ryan Moore 1 up over Sergio Garcia . Lee Westwood 1 up over  Marc Leishman.

Moore 1-0-1, Garcia 1-1-0, Westwood 1-1-0, Leishman 0-1-1. Ryan needs to beat Lee, again the certain thing is Marc has been eliminated.

Group 14

Zach Johnson 8&6 over Martin Kaymer.  Marcus Fraser Halved with Shane Lowery 

Johnson 2-0-0, Kaymer 1-1-0, Lowry 0-1-1, Fraser 0-1-1. It’s between Zach and Martin, Marcus and Shane have been eliminated.

Group 15

Brandt Snedeker Halved with Danny Lee.  Charl Schwartzel 3&2 over Charlie Hoffman.

Schwartzel 2-0-0, Snedeker 1-0-1, Lee 0-1-1, Hoffman 0-2-0. It’s between Brandt and Charl, Danny and Charlie eliminated

Group 16

Louis Oosthuizen 2&1 over Bernd Wiesberger.  Andy Sullivan 3&1 over Matt Jones.

Oosthuizen 2-0, Sullivan 2-0, Wiesberger 0-2, Jones 0-2. Andy and Louis could advance, Matt and Bernd eliminated.

Perth International. Louis Leads.

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Louis Oosthuizen leads the Perth International at the 54 hole stage at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, in Australia.

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Louis took control of the Perth International with a third round -5 under par 67, to post a tournament total of -15 under par, and will take a three shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

He said he was playing nicely, especially with the putter;

“I need to play good golf tomorrow, solid golf, give myself a lot of birdie opportunities like I did today, and there’s not much more that you can do then.”

“I think anyone will expect to win, but there’s a lot of golf to be played.”

“You need to still hit the shots. Around this golf course especially, someone can go three, four under in the first five holes and it changes everything.”

“I played pretty solid the last two rounds, I drove it beautifully. Today was not great off the tee, but iron play was pretty good.”

“The putter is behaving. I’m reading the greens very well and I feel like I’m making great strokes.”

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

Peter Uihlein -1 under 71 today and Romain Wattel, a bogey free -7 under 65, are tied in second place at -12 under par.

Jason Scrivener is the best placed Australian, in fourth place at -11 under par, he carded a third round -3 under 69.

Local favorite Brett Rumford went backwards today, carding +1 over par 73, to post -10 under par. He had back to back Eagles today to recover from +4 over after 13 holes.

Marcus Fraser, Mikko Korhonen, Richard T Lee, Alexander Levy and Mardan Mamat are all at -9 under and will have a long haul to catch the leader.

Qatar Open. Two at the Top.

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There are two players tied at the top of the Qatar Open leaderboard, Louis Oosthuizen and  Pablo Larrazábal.

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Louis and Pablo both mastered the windy conditions at the Doha Golf Club, to post bogey free first round scores of -7 under par 65 for the Qatar Open tournament.

Louis stated that he likes the windy conditions, and he made some good putts;

“I like windy conditions, if it gets really strong, then it gets difficult.”

I think patience is the big thing when it really blows hard, but today was just a good wind, and a lot of flighted shots.”

“There are a lot of cross-wind shots, where you’re not sure if it’s in or a little down, so you need to have that wind map out and handy.”

“Bogey-free is always good, there were two occasions where I looked like I was going to make bogeys but recovered well, and the rest was just pretty solid.”

“It was good ball-striking today, and I made one or two putts.”

Pablo is hitting the ball nicely, and was happy with the seven birdie putts  today;

“I’m very happy, I hit it very well tee-to-green, 17 greens in regulation which with these conditions is very good.”

“I gave myself a lot of birdie chances and that was key.”

“To always have a birdie putt is key in these conditions because you know with these kind of greens, you’re not going to hole too many, but I holed seven, so it was very good.”

“I played very well last week. I made a few silly mistakes every day and that’s why I didn’t go lower. I felt very well last week. I’m hitting the ball very well.”

Sharing third place is Andrew Johnson and Bjõrn Åkesson, both at -6 under par. These guys are followed by eight players all tied together at -5 under par.

Looks like this is going to be a really tight contest, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Sergio Garcia is in the field, he managed an opening round -2 under 70, and will have to do better if he wants to make his mark here.

The Presidents Cup. Internationals Bounce Back on Day2

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The Internationals bounced back into contention on day 2 of the Presidents Cup on the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club course in South Korea. The overall score is now 5 1/2 to USA and 4 1/2 to the Internationals, after the Friday Four-balls.

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Things started to come together for the International Team when Louis Oosthuizen sunk a cross-country 72 ft putt to win the 8th hole. He and Branden Grace then went on to win the crucial first four-ball match of the day 4 & 3 over Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson.

Louis said is was an important moment in the match;

“It was a massive moment-changer.”

“We never let the foot off the accelerator.”

“If you play against guys like Dustin and Jordan, you need to think they are going to make everything all the time, and that was our mind-set.”

Branden said Nick Price had left them in no doubt as to what he wanted from them;

“It was pretty clear for us what (Price) wanted from us.”

“Get a blue number up there, we needed to start strong and get a point and get the team to see that.”

For all the great golf that was played today, one moment of madness stands out, Phil Mickelson was penalized for changing his ball for his second shot into the 7th green. He needed one that would carry further, but it is against the rules of this competition to change balls, but only in the four-balls !!!

Phil’s breach of the “one-ball” rule came along with a “match adjustment” loss of hole, which meant the United States had automatically lost a hole because of the mistake, and Adam Scott / Jason Day carded 4 to Zach Johnson’s 5 which would add on another loss at the seventh.

Phil redeemed himself holing out for a two, from a bunker, 138 yards from the green

Phil admitted he had got it wrong saying;

“I made a mistake.”

FRIDAY FOUR-BALL

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Dustin Johnson
Jordan Spieth
4 & 3

WIN

Louis Oosthuizen
Branden Grace
Rickie Fowler
Jimmy Walker
1 UP

WIN

Danny Lee
Sangmoon Bae
Zach Johnson
Phil Mickelson
HALVED

Adam Scott
Jason Day
WIN

J.B. Holmes
Bubba Watson
2 UP

Marc Leishman
Steven Bowditch
Bill Haas
Chris Kirk
2 & 1

WIN

Thongchai Jaidee
Charl Schwartzel