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5 surprises from Day 2 of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play

We’re two days in to the second World Golf Championships occasion of the yr, the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play at Austin Nation Membership, and like Wednesday, Thursday’s matches had been stuffed with surprises.

Listed here are are the 5 most sudden outcomes of the day.

Tiger Woods misplaced to Brandt Snedeker

Tiger’s first WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play look received off to a very good begin on Wednesday, when he defeated Aaron Smart Three-up.

However sadly, Thursday was a distinct story. In a hard-fought battle with Brandt Snedeker, Tiger finally succumbed on the 17th gap, 2&1.

Although Woods by no means led, the match noticed loads of motion, with eight holes received between the 2 gamers. And, although he didn’t get the W, the Large Cat nonetheless thrilled the plenty with the restoration shot under.

From his knees.
Left-handed.
Within the bushes.@TigerWoods has ALL the photographs. 👏#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/dmyexHvqr7

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 28, 2019

To be able to transfer on from the group stage to the spherical of 16, Woods must win his Friday match in opposition to Patrick Cantlay and hope that Snedeker loses his match to Aaron Smart.

Dustin Johnson misplaced to Branden Grace

Dustin Johnson, the Match Play’s No. 1 seed, fell to Branden Grace on the 18th gap.

It was a detailed match right through, as neither participant ever led by greater than 1-up and each carded 5 birdies, however two of Grace’s birdies had been on the 4 closing holes.

Grace is now the group chief with two full factors. If DJ can handle to win tomorrow and Grace loses, DJ will transfer on, however a win or a tie on Friday will seal the deal for Grace.

 

Billy Horschel beat Bubba Watson

Contemplating his unlucky demise on the ultimate gap of Wednesday’s match, it’s truthful to say that defending champ Bubba Watson is probably not in the fitting head house this week.

Nevertheless it’s nonetheless stunning to see a participant of his caliber go down on this format.

four️⃣2️⃣ toes from @BillyHo_Golf.

What a technique to begin the day.

1 UP in opposition to Bubba Watson.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/9KEVcfMETj

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 28, 2019

Watson solely received a single gap on the entrance facet, and was Three-down to Horschel after 10 holes. Watson fought again, profitable two holes in a row to get again to 1-down by No. 13, however a bogey on No. 15 sealed his destiny. Watson remained 2-down till No. 17, the place the match ended, 2&1.

Horschel and Jordan Spieth at present prime the group with 1.5 factors every.

Jon Rahm misplaced to J.B. Holmes

Rahm, the No. eight seed, made headlines on Wednesday for his margin of victory in opposition to Si Woo Kim, whom he defeated 7&5. Thursday was totally different, nevertheless, and Rahm fell to Holmes 2&1 in what was a extra lopsided victory than the match consequence signifies.

Rahm received just one gap on the entrance facet, and Holmes had Rahm 6-down on the 11th tee. Rahm then rallied mightily, profitable 4 holes in a row to get again to 2-down on the 15th tee, however sadly, it was too little, too late. Holmes held on to win 2-up on No. 17.

Holmes and Rahm have one level every, and their group is at present topped by Matt Kuchar, with two factors.

Jim Furyk beat Phil Mickelson

What extra can we are saying concerning the ageless Jim Furyk? The 48-year-old veteran has three top-10 finishes this season — together with a runner-up end on the Gamers Championship — and appears as on-form as ever.

Nonetheless, he beat Jason Day 2-up on Wednesday, and that was stunning. On Thursday, he battled Phil Mickelson to the 18th gap, the place they each made birdie, and Furyk prevailed once more, 1-up.

48 years younger.

Day 1: @JimFuryk defeats Jason Day (2 UP)
Day 2: @JimFuryk defeats Phil Mickelson (1 UP)

He’ll tackle @HenrikStenson (additionally 2-Zero) on Day Three.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/6McW6h0RnV

— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 28, 2019

Friday ought to be enjoyable, as Furyk and Henrik Stenson are scheduled to duel, and each gamers are undefeated up to now, with two factors apiece.

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