AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dylan Frittelli was the last player to earn into the Dell Technologies Championship. He acquired’t be among the primary to leave.
Frittelli acquired his neighborhood Friday, making him the primary No. 64 seed to advance to the weekend for the reason that Match Play changed to spherical-robin neighborhood play in 2015.
The South African never felt savor a No. 64 seed. He played at Texas and delivered the shot that acquired the NCAA title for the Longhorns in 2012. He now makes Austin his home and knows Austin Country Membership as well as anyone.
“I positively was in a neighborhood that was winnable on paper in my mind,” Frittelli said. “I wasn’t going to say I was the favorite in the neighborhood, however I said if I got through Tony Finau that would positively make me the favorite in my mind. And I did that on day one fairly convincingly.”
He opened with a 6-and-5 victory over Finau, wished easiest 16 holes to beat Jason Kokrak and was assured advancing even sooner than his match against Will Zalatoris was over. Jason Kokrak wished to beat Finau to have any chance, and Finau had him dormie through 16 holes on his way to a 2-up victory.
Much less amazing that Frittelli advancing is how he got into the self-discipline.
He slipped to No. 69 in the area ranking after The Players Championship, meaning he wished 5 players to withdraw. Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka are injured. Justin Rose withdrew with back soreness. Adam Scott was never planning to play.
Gary Woodland examined certain for the coronavirus, and because of the Wednesday start at Match Play, he didn’t accomplish his 10 days of self-isolation in time.
Frittelli took it from there, and next plays Tommy Fleetwood of England.
The match Kevin Na acquired over Dustin Johnson appeared to earn a puny testy on the par-3 11th hole. Johnson’s 8-foot birdie putt to head 2 up rimmed out of the cup, settled about 5 inches away and he knocked it away.
Na stepped in, save his hand on Johnson’s shoulder, and advised him he wished to wait for the putt to be conceded.
Even from that length.
“Factual, loyal wait, loyal. I understand it’s this,” Na said, conserving his hands a few inches apart. “But you proceed to have to wait till I say it’s all loyal.”
It sounded savor a lecture. Na said he didn’t want that in his head sooner than he faced the 3-foot par putt to halve the outlet.
Na acquired the next hole when Johnson save his second into the water on the par-5 12th. Na chanced on the water on the 13th. It was end the remainder of the way till Na made a 20-foot birdie on the 17th and acquired the match with a 4-foot birdie on the 18th.
“I wasn’t going to say, ‘That’s a penalty, you’re going to lose the outlet.’ I was going to say, ‘You understand what? That was impartial loyal, anyway.’ I didn’t want to be over that putt and be pondering about that,” Na said.
“I contemplate it’s the ideally suited factor to attain,” he said. “We all know he can make a 6-race putt, so I contemplate I did the ideally suited factor.”
Bob MacIntyre did more than loyal advance to the spherical of 16 in the Match Play.
He’s headed to the Masters.
Here is the final week for players to reach the head 50 in the area to earn a Masters invitation. MacIntyre, the 24-year-stale from Scotland, came in at No. 44. He’s assured of staying in the head 50 and makes his Augusta National debut.
Will Zalatoris, who was on the Korn Ferry Tour when golf returned from the pandemic, didn’t advance however also will stay in the head 50 to earn to the Masters.
Others gentle have a chance. Kevin Streelman and Brian Harman were outside the head 50 when the week began. Each were on the ropes going into Friday having already misplaced matches, however Streelman beat Abraham Ancer on the primary playoff hole, and Harman beat Patrick Cantlay on the second playoff hole.
No longer to be misplaced sight of is Erik van Rooyen, who beat Daniel Berger in a playoff and is gentle alive. Van Rooyen narrowly overlooked out on the head 50 to extinguish last year — the primary world ranking cutoff — and came into the week at No. 68.
NOT THE LIGHTEST TOUCH
Tommy Fleetwood despatched his pressure well to the ideally suited on the third hole of his match against Bryson DeChambeau, the ball stopping on a cart path. In his way was a gallery crossing signal that his caddie, Ian Finnis, figured he may gentle take away.
He tried to uproot it when it broke, and Finnis rapidly gave up and loyal knocked over the damaged post.
Fleetwood wasn’t stunned.
“I loyal understand how clumsy he’s, so I was wanting ahead to it, to be upright,” Fleetwood said. “He’s no longer got the lightest touch. As rapidly as he touched it, I contemplate it snapped and it was achieved then. We can form of reimburse the tournament for a original walking signal.”