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.
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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.”