Dell Match Play, Kuchar makes an ace and more
Dell Match Play on Day 3 at Austin, Texas saw all the action it could wish for. Matt Kuchar making an ace on par-3 7th (181 yards) and celebrating with fans, Patrick Reed winning it over Jordan Spieth with a putt from outside of the green and Bubba Watson winning over Julian Suri with two back to back holes, needed by him. Keep on reading for lot more and full list of players making it to the Round of 16.
Justin Thomas is eyeing World No.1 with a possible win here today, and it can be real if he defeats Si Woo Kim in his match of Round of 16 starting at 8:03 AM and play his next knockout round with another eligible player.
Justin Thomas was paired against Francesco Molinari and he blasted him for 7&5 with authority by the 13th hole. Their match started with Thomas making a gain of 2-Up by the first two holes, before Molinari won the third with a birdie on par-4 third, as Thomas sat with a bogey and Molinari capitalized the moment with a par, they both were busy halving their holes till seventh, later Thomas made advancements on eighth and ninth. and 10th holes for 6-UP and finishing it by the 13th with Molinari’s second conceded hole for a 7-UP victory.
“I feel great. My game is feeling better each day,” said Thomas, who recently had his wisdom teeth taken out. “I’m playing better each day. I hope I can continue to get better. That would bode well for my performance for the tournament. But that’s the thing about golf in general, let alone match play, is you don’t know what you are going to get. You don’t know what your opponent is going to do. All I can do is go out and play my game, and if it’s good enough to win holes and matches, then great.”
Shot of the Day
Shot of the day came from Dustin Johnson who shot a 489-yard drive on the par-5 12th, supposedly the longest drive in the history of PGA Tour. The official longest drive stands at 476 yards in the ShotLink era (2003).
DJ went long. REAL LONG.
489 yards. 🚀🚀
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 23, 2018
The match of the day
Jordan Spieth Vs Patrick Reed was the match everybody was waiting for and Reed stunned Spieth with a 40-footer putt for the birdie and the win on the 17th by 2&1.
“It was a tough draw to have Patrick in the pod,” said Spieth. “But that’s how it works. You have got to beat some of the best match play players in order to win this tournament.”
Matt Kuchar was playing against Ross Fisher and needed just 14 holes to defeat him. Kuchar was in a must-win situation to advance for the knockout round, and this is his second-time in last three years to achieve that.
With an ace on the par-3 seventh, he is now the only one in the field with it.
Rory McIlroy lost his opening match and won his second match against Jhonattan Vegas, on Friday things changed for him as his hopes of making it to the knockout stage were halted by Brian Harman with a 5&3 win.
There were three matches one each from Group 8, 9, and 12 to decide the winner. Group 8 saw playoff between Jason Dufner and Louis Oosthuizen, where Oosthuizen won on the very first hole with an easy par.
Group 9 had a playoff between the Valspar Championship winner Paul Casey and Kyle Stanley, where Stanley won over World No.10 with a second hole birdie on the par-4 second.
Group 12 has scheduled playoff between Tyrrell Hatton and Brendan Steele, which again was won on the very first hole by Tyrrell Hatton.
List of Players making it to the Round of 16 and their opponents:
- Alex Noren (Playing against Patrick Reed today)
- Justin Thomas ( Playing against Woo Kim)
- Kiradech Aphibarnrat (Playing against Charles Howell III)
- Ian Poulter ( Playing against Louis Oosthuizen)
- Sergio Garcia ( Playing against Kyle Stanley)
- Bubba Watson (Playing against Brian Harman)
- Matt Kuchar (Playing against Kevin Kisner)
- Cameron Smith (Playing against Tyrrell Hatton)