AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Wanting to capture the final hole to advance, Bob MacIntrye drilled a driver to a few feet of the cup on he 371-yard 18th hole. Moments later, Sergio Garcia ended one of the file eight surprising-death playoffs with a hole-in-one.
Already probably the most fickle event in golf, the Dell Applied sciences Match Play on Friday was an never-ending frenzy.
Kevin Na lectured Dustin Johnson about no longer waiting for a putt to be conceded — 6 inches — and then birdied the last two holes to oust the No. 1 player in the arena. Patrick Cantlay, practically flawless with 14 birdies and an eagle over two days, managed only two birdies and lost a playoff with a three-putt.
When it finally ended, Jon Rahm at No. 3 was the only player from the pinnacle 20 seeds who made it to the knockout stage of the weekend at Austin Country Club.
“You upright never know what can happen accessible,” Billy Horschel said after beating Max Homa on the third playoff hole.
Moral about everything did.
Garcia beat Lee Westwood in the longest of the eight playoffs with a 9-iron from 161 yards to a front pin on the par-3 fourth hole that landed upright beyond the pin and trickled back into the cup.
“Successfully, 28 years on tour and I assumed I had considered everything. I hadn’t!” Westwood posted on Twitter.
Equally delicate was the flexibility of MacIntyre, the 24-year-venerable from Scotland with numerous spunk and loads of battle. He was 1 down against Adam Long, who was poised to advance with Johnson in the group ahead about to lose to Na.
Johnson backed away from his 6-foot par putt — Na only had 4 feet for birdie — and his caddie, brother Austin, stepped in a few feet from the cup to back read the putt. Out of nowhere, a ball shot up the left aspect of the bank around the golf green and rolled in front of the caddie’s feet.
Dustin had to mark MacIntyre’s ball so he may perhaps putt. MacIntyre was oblivious to what happened apart from he knew he hit the shot of his existence.
“Probably one of the only and one of the luckiest golf shots I’ve hit in my existence,” MacIntyre said. “You’ve upright got to retain stopping till the discontinue, and it upright displays anything can happen on this game.”
His only chance was a low bullet, and it caught the downward slope for extra hasten toward the left aspect of the golf green, which MacIntyre couldn’t peep. He heard it was on the golf green.
“I didn’t have a clue how finish,” MacIntyre said. I’m considering it’s going to be upright on the golf green beneath the slope. Going to have confidently two putts maybe to capture the outlet. But after I considered the place they put the ball back down I was care for, ‘No way!’
“And that’s what you play the game for, these moments.”
Given how three days of group play has gone, no telling what to search information from on the capture-or-bound-house weekend. This may encompass a trio of Texas Longhorns, including Jordan Spieth for the primary time since 2016. He won three straight holes around the flip and, not like Thursday when he let Matthew Wolff off the hook, Spieth managed to total out Corey Conners.
Scottie Scheffler halved his match when Xander Schauffele made an 8-foot birdie putt on the last hole, and then Scheffler returned the favor with a 12-foot birdie on the second extra hole. The opposite Longhorn is Dylan Frittelli of South Africa, who became the primary No. 64 seed in Match Play history to make it to the weekend.
Frittelli had company.
Two other players seeded at No. 60 or decrease made it to the knockout stage. Ian Poulter won his third straight match as the No. 60 seed, whereas Erik van Rooyen (62) advanced by beating Daniel Berger with a par on the second playoff hole.
Poulter and Matt Kuchar are the only players to have won all three matches. Kuchar knocked out defending champion Kevin Kisner with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole.
The 64-man field based on the arena ranking was divided into groups of 16 based, with the final 16 assigned to the “D” group. Eight of those players are calm in the game. Rahm was the only player from the “A” group of top 16 seeds.
Brian Harman felt a small measure of redemption. He shot the equivalent of a 64 in the opening spherical and calm lost to Cantlay, who had seven birdies and an eagle. But when Cantlay fell flat and lost to Hideki Matsuyama, that sent Cantlay and Harman back out for a surprising-death playoff that Harman won when Cantlay’s 4-foot par putt lipped out.
Garcia was amazed by his ace, nonetheless he was hastily to present that he had to make a 10-footer and an 8-footer for par on the old two holes upright to stay in the match all by way of the playoff.
The eight playoffs to make a selection group winners broke the old mark of 5 in 2017 since group play began six yeas ago.
“The 2 putts I made … massive to retain myself going,” Garcia said. “And then clearly the shot on 4, it’s a great shot, nonetheless then you salvage lucky that first of all it doesn’t hit the flag because it should have been very finish to hitting the flag, and then it rolls back in. Clearly, very happy about that.”