World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, crowd favorite Phil Mickelson and surprising Soren Kjeldsen of Norway were among the easy winners Saturday morning in the round of 16 at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play in cool and sun-splashed conditions at Austin Country Club. "And knowing me, I might have also thought, 'I hope it's better than that". "To win gave me a lot of confidence, but to be in a World Golf Championship, I can have a chance to win... obviously gave me more confidence", Rahm said. Last time I said that was Torrey Pines.
"The injury hasn't been ideal to start the year, but I've played Houston before and I never felt like it did anything for me", McIlroy said.
Fisher, one of the streakiest players on Tour, upset No. 13 Bubba Watson, 4 and 3, punctuating the win with a birdie out of the sand on the 15th hole to close out the match.
Their round began with a hug at the first tee box and they were joined by a gallery that shouted "Vamos!" at their good shots and carried several large cutouts of Garcia's smiling face. Garcia's driver slipped in his hands and the ball snap hooked into the tall grass to his left, barely making it a few feet off the ground.
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The 22-year-old, who was the world's top ranked amateur while studying at Arizona State University, is now 25th in the world after winning his first PGA Tour title in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January. Haas joked he needs to find about "30 more yards" on his drives overnight to stay with the power-driving Rahm. "Not the same stage or pressure, but I've done it before", Rahm said. You can just see it in him.
Johnson won the first three holes against Noren and was still ahead by the same margin at the turn, only to bogey the 10th and 11th and lose the next to a birdie. I don't consider myself being a player like that. That's the most eligible players to skip Match Play since 2001, when it began January 3 in Australia and 38 players chose not to play.
Jon Rahm, prodigy he may be, has won the Farmers Insurance Open and may win the WGC-Match Play, so it is clear he's got a long way to go until he reaches the dizzying heights of his compatriots. "I think all day both of us played great", said Rahm, who arguably played in the toughest group in round-robin play.
Mickelson finished group play in style at 3-0-0 with a 6&5 thumping of fellow American J.B. Holmes.