2017 WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Round of 16

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Dustin Johnson

Weather

Saturday: Sunny skies with a high of 82. NW wind at 8-15 mph.

 

Format

Following the group format, the Round of 16 becomes single elimination, followed by the Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon. The Semifinals will be Sunday morning, followed by the Championship Match and Consolation Match on Sunday afternoon.

 

Starting with the quarterfinals, matches requiring extra holes will begin on the 12th hole for the remainder of the event.

 

Seeds

Dustin Johnson (1), Alex Noren (8), are the top seeds who have advanced and face each other in the quarterfinals.

 

Soren Kjeldsen (62) and Hideto Tanihara (54) are the lowest seeds remaining. Kjeldsen could match Kevin Sutherland (2002) as the lowest seed (62) to win the Dell Technologies Match Play.

 

Great starts

Of the nine players making their Dell Technologies Match Play debut, two players – Hideto Tanihara (Japan) and Jon Rahm (Spain) – advanced to the quarterfinals.

 

Global field

Of the 20 countries represented by the field, six countries remain represented in the eight remaining players:

  • USA – Mickelson, Haas and Johnson
  • Sweden – Noren
  • England – Fisher
  • Japan – Tanihara
  • Denmark – Kjeldsen
  • Spain – Rahm

 

Match 97 – Bill Haas defeated Kevin Na, 1-up

Bill Haas jumped out to the early lead with birdies in the first two holes and never trailed enroute to a 1-up victory over fellow American Kevin Na to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in his seventh appearance at the Dell Technologies Match Play.

 

Haas’ path to the quarterfinals

RD. 1 – Russell Knox defeated Haas, 3 and 2

RD. 2 – Haas defeated Danny Willett, 6 and 5

RD. 3 –  Haas def. K.T. Kim, 4 and 2

*Haas defeated K.T. Kim on the 6th playoff hole to advance

RD. of 16 – Haas defeated Kevin Na, 1-up

 

Haas was nearly eliminated from the event by K.T. Kim during the second playoff hole to advance from the group stage. After hitting his approach into the hazard, Haas holed a pitch from 40 yards to par the hole to continue the playoff which he would eventually win on the 6th extra hole.

 

Haas, who made the winning putt for the U.S. Presidents Cup team in the 2015 event in Korea with his father, Jay, serving as captain, is No. 20 in the U.S. standings for this year’s event. He will face teammate Phil Mickelson in the quarterfinals.

 

Match 98 – Phil Mickelson defeated Marc Leishman, 4 and 3

With a 4 and 3 victory over last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard winner Marc Leishman, Phil Mickelson advances to the quarterfinals with a chance of reaching the semifinals for the first time in his 13th attempt at the Dell Technologies Match Play.

 

Mickelson’s path to the quaterfinals

RD. 1 – Mickelson defeated Si Woo Kim, 5 and 2

RD. 2 –  Mickelson defeated Daniel Berger, 5 and 4

RD. 3 –  Mickelson defeated J. B. Holmes, 6 and 5

RD. of 16 – Mickelson defeated Marc Leishman, 4 and 3

 

In four matches, Mickelson has played a total 57 holes. Mickelson has been in the lead for 54 of the 57 holes that he has played and has never trailed in any of his four matches.
In winning four matches so far this week, Mickelson has improved his career-record at the Dell Technologies Match Play to 22-12. The 22 matches won puts Mickelson tied for 6th on the list of players with the most matches won in tournament history.

 

Player                                  Matches won

Tiger Woods                       33-10

David Toms                         24-11

Ian Poulter                          23-14

Rory McIlroy                       23-9-2

Paul Casey                           23-13-1

Phil Mickelson                    22-12

Stewart Cink                       22-12

 

Phil Mickelson, playing in the 50th World Golf Championships event of his career, is currently No. 12 in the Presidents Cup (United States) points list. Mickelson will face Bill Haas in the quarterfinals. Haas secured the winning point in the 2015 Presidents Cup in Korea with his dad, Jay, serving as team captain.

 

Match 99 – Jon Rahm defeated Charles Howell III, 6 and 4

Spain’s Jon Rahm shot 5-under in 14 holes in his 6 and 4 victory over American Charles Howell III.

 

At 22 years, 4 months and 17 days, Rahm would be the youngest winner in the history of the World Golf Championships, besting Patrick Reed, who won the Mexico Championship at 23 years, 7 months and 4 days. Rory McIlroy is the youngest winner in tournament history having won in 2015 at 25 years, 11 months and 25 days.

 

Rahm’s path to the quarterfinals

RD. 1 – Rahm defeated Kevin Chappell, 3 and 2

RD. 2 – Rahm defeated Shane Lowry, 2 and 1

RD. 3 – Rahm defeated Sergio Garcia, 6 and 4

RD. of 16 – Rahm defeated Charles Howell III, 6 and 4

 

This is Rahm’s second appearance in a World Golf Championships event, having finished T3 at the Mexico Championship earlier this month.  Rahm claimed his first win on TOUR in just his 17th start when he won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year.

 

Rahm is one of nine players making their first appearance at the Dell Technologies Match Play. Others include Tyrrell Hatton, Kevin Chappell, Jeunghun Wang, William McGirt, Brendan Steele, Si Woo Kim, Hideto Tanihara and Jhonattan Vegas. Rahm and Tanihara have both advanced to the quarterfinals.

 

 

Match 100 – Soren Kjeldsen defeated William McGirt, 5 and 4

Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen hit is approach shot on the 14th hole to 3 feet and made the birdie putt to seal a 5 and 4 win over William McGirt and advance to the quarterfinals for the first time in his fourth appearance at the Dell Technologies Match Play.

 

Kjeldsen’s path to the quarterfinals

RD. 1 – Kjedlsen defeated Rory McIlroy 2 and 1

RD. 2 – Kjeldsen defeated Emiliano Grillo, 4 and 3

RD. 3 – Kjeldsen defeated Gary Woodland, concession

RD. of 16 – Kjeldsen defeated William McGirt, 5 and 4

 

Kjeldsen’s most recent victory came on the European Tour at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in 2015. He and partner Thorbjorn Olesen also won the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf in November representing Denmark. He has four career wins on the European Tour.

 

Kjeldsen, nearly 20 years his elder, will meet 22-year-old Jon Rahm in the quarterfinals.

 

Match 101 – Hideto Tanihara defeated Paul Casey, 2 and 1

With birdies on holes 12 and 13, England’s Paul Casey fought back to square the match through 13, but Japan’s Hideto Tanihara made a two-putt birdie on the par-5 16th and hit is approach on the 17th to inside 5 feet and holed the putt for a 2 and 1 victory.

 

Tanihara’s path to the quarterfinals

RD. 1 — Tanihara defeated Jordan Spieth 4 and 2

RD. 2 –  Tanihara halved with Ryan Moore, halved

RD. 3 –  Tanihara defeated Yuta Ikeda, 3 and 1

RD. of 16 – Tanihara defeated Paul Casey, 2 and 1

 

Tanihara joins Jon Rahm as first-timers who advanced to the quarterfinals at the Dell Technologies Match Play this year.

 

Tanihara is ranked 13th in the International Team Presidents Cup standings as he looks to make the team for the first time in his career.

 

The 38-year-old has 13 international victories and is looking to join his countryman Hideki Matsuyama as the only player from Asia to win a World Golf Championships event. Matsuyama won the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions last November.

 

In round one, Tanihara, who has won three times on the Japan Golf Tour in the last year, defeated Austin favorite Jordan Spieth, 4 and 2.

 

Match 102 – Ross Fisher defeated Bubba Watson, 4 and 3

England’s Ross Fisher birdied four of the last five holes to defeat Bubba Watson and advance to the quarterfinals for the second time in his fourth appearance at the Dell Technologies Match Play. On the 15th hole, leading 3-up, Fisher holed out for birdie from a greenside bunker to seal the Round of 16 victory.

 

Fisher’s path to the quaterfinals

RD. 1 – Louis Oosthuizen defeated Fisher, 4 and 3.

RD. 2 – Fisher defeated Hideki Matsuyama, 2 and 1;

RD. 3 – Fisher defeated Jim Furyk, 4 and 2

*Fisher defeated Oosthuizen with a birdie at the second extra hole.

RD. of 16 – Fisher defeated Bubba Watson, 4 and 3
Fisher finished 4th in his first appearance at the Dell Technologies Championship, losing to Stewart Cink in the Consolation Match in 2009.

 

Fisher and Haas are the only two of the remaining eight players who lost a match during group play.

 

On Friday, Oosthuizen and Fisher recorded comfortable victories against their respective opponents in R3 to finish with 2 points each and set up a playoff to determine who advanced to the round of 16. Oosthuizen lost his opening hole to Matsuyama but rebounded by winning the next three holes. He was 5 up at the turn and secured the match 6 and 4. Fisher was bogey-free in his 4 and 2 win over Furyk. The pair matched pars at the first extra hole of sudden death and Fisher posted a birdie at the second extra hole to advance.

 

Fisher owns five wins on the European Tour (2007 KLM Open, 2008 European Open, 2009 Volvo World Match Play Championship, 2010 3 Irish Open, 2014 Tshwane Open).

 

Fisher entered the Mexico Championship at No. 72 in the Official World Golf Ranking and moved to No. 55 with his T3 to earn a spot in the field this week. Fisher is looking to move into the top 50 with a strong finish this week to move inside the top 50 with hopes of securing an invitation to The Masters.

 

Match 103 – Alex Noren defeated Brooks Koepka, 3 and 1

Sweden’s Alex Noren played the back nine in 4-under-par to defeat American Brooks Koepka and advance to the quarterfinals.

 

Noren’s path to the quaterfinals

RD. 1 — Noren defeated Thongchai Jaidee, 3 and 2;

RD. 2 –  Noren defeated Bernd Wiesberger, 3 and 2

RD. 3 –  Noren defeated Francesco Molinari, concession;

RD of 16 – Noren defeated Brooks Koepka, 3 and 1

 

Noren owns eight European Tour titles, including four wins in 2016. This week marks his 27th PGA TOUR start where his lone top-10 finish came at The Open Championship in 2012 (T9).

 

In 12 previous World Golf Championship appearances, Noren’s best result is T12 at this season’s HSBC Champions.

 

Behind No. 1 Dustin Johnson, Noren is the second-highest ranked player remaining from the Official World Golf Ranking at No. 11. Noren will face Johnson in the quarterfinals. Johnson has victories of 5 and 3, 3 and 2, 5 and 3 & 5 and 4 so far this week.

 

Match 104 – Dustin Johnson defeated Zach Johnson, 5 and 4

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson continued his stellar play this week with a 5 and 4 victory over Zach Johnson to advance to the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year at the Dell Technologies Match Play. In 2016, Johnson lost to eventual runner-up Louis Oosthuizen in the quarterfinals.

 

Johnson’s path to the quarterfinals

RD. 1 — Johnson defeated Webb Simpson, 5 and 3

RD. 2 – Johnson defeated Martin Kaymer, 3 and 2

RD. 3 – Johnson defeated Jimmy Walker, 5 and 3

RD. of 16 – Johnson defeated Zach Johnson, 5 and 4

 

Johnson has birdied the first hole in three of his four matches and has taken a 1-up lead in every match after the first. Johnson has led following all of the 60 holes that he has played so far this week.

 

Johnson, who started his Dell Technologies Match Play career just 2-6 between 2009-2014, is 9-3 since that time including a 4-0 record this week.

 

Johnson, who won the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship for the second time in his career earlier this month, is seeking to become the first player to win each of the four World Golf Championships events, with the Dell Technologies Match Play title the only one missing from his resume. Johnson’s WGC victories came at the HSBC Champions (2013), the Mexico Championship (2015), the Bridgestone Invitational (2016) and the Mexico Championship (2017).

 

Johnson and Tiger Woods (18) are the only players with four or more World Golf Championships victories. Although Woods has 18 victories, he failed to collect the HSBC Champions trophy, where he finished T6 in 2009 and 2010 in his only two appearances.

 

With a win at this year’s event, Johnson would join Rory McIlroy (2015) and Tiger Woods as the third player to win the Dell Technologies Match Play as a No. 1 seed. Woods won the tournament three times (2008, 2004 and 2003) as the No. 1 seed.

Johnson (2), Justin Thomas (3) and Hideki Matsuyama (2) are multiple winners on the PGA TOUR this season.

 

Johnson (14/2008-present) has at least one win in each of his first ten seasons on the PGA TOUR (the best current streak) and joins Arnold Palmer (17/1955-1971), Jack Nicklaus (17/1962-1978) and Tiger Woods (14/1996-2009) as the only players since 1960 to achieve this feat.

 

Last season, Johnson claimed the Jack Nicklaus Trophy as PGA TOUR Player of the Year. He also took home the Byron Nelson Award for Adjusted Scoring Average (69.172) and the Arnold Palmer Award as the TOUR’s leading money-winner ($9,365,185) and also finished No. 2 in the FedExCup standings.

 

Johnson has a 4-3-0 overall record in two Ryder Cup appearances but has won both singles matches. In two Presidents Cup appearances, his record is 4-4-1 with one singles victory. Johnson is No. 1 in the current standings for the 2017 Presidents Cup U.S. Team with 7,027 points.

 

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