Dell Technologies Match Play: Friday's hole of the day

  • Dell Technologies Match Play: Friday's hole of the day

Dell Technologies Match Play: Friday's hole of the day

Reigning US Open champion Johnson defeated fellow American Zach Johnson 5 and 4, then birdied to win three of the last four holes and hold off Swedish eighth seed Alex Noren 3 and 2 in the quarter-finals at Austin (Texas) Country Club.

Big-hitting Dustin Johnson emerged with a flawless 3-0-0 record, wrapping up the group phase with a 5&3 shellacking of fellow American Jimmy Walker on Friday. I compete to win.

Haas has not been flawless, but he's beaten some very good players so far.

Mickelson halved his opening hole with an 18-foot par putt, took the lead with an 18-foot birdie and was never seriously challenged in a 4-and-3 victory over Bay Hill victor Marc Leishman of Australia.

McIlroy was glad to not be facing the same conditions, but it was one less round of golf with the Masters just two weeks away. "I've still got to play really well".

Dustin Johnson has never made it to the semifinal stages of this event, both in the old 64-man single elimination format or under the new round robin pool play setup. "I think I was 7-under for the two rounds I played here. Physically, he is not looking great", he said, tongue planted firmly in cheek, before turning more serious. "Hopefully I can keep it going tomorrow". I need it. I expect nothing less out of Dustin.

Until getting steamrolled by Rahm, the 62nd-ranked Kjeldsen had been one of the biggest surprises this week.

The participants in the quarterfinals were determined by play in the Round of 16 earlier in the day. "I didn't miss a shot".

Asked for his thoughts about facing Mickelson, known for his light-hearted trash talking, the laid-back Leishman sounded unfazed.

"It really amazes me that I'm doing this", Rahm said.

During an interview with ESPN, 22-year-old Rahm said: "Once I made that birdie [on No. 3], I got a lot of confidence on my swing and played really, really good golf from then on, Honestly, nearly ideal". Rahm then won two of the next three as his game got sharper and as Garcia's problems started.

"There's not many rounds of golf where a player looks back and says I can not play any better and today was one of those".

Howell topped his group after an eventful three-way playoff with Englishman Tyrrell Hatton and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Hatton was disqualified when he incurred a two-stroke penalty, holing out after the ball had moved when he placed his putter behind it.

The Final Four in Austin.