AUSTIN, Texas — This is one of many issues with the format of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Championship: the pool play system inevitably means there can be a handful of matches on Friday that imply little to nothing to these enjoying them aside from satisfaction.
In fact, you possibly can say that about any Sunday on the PGA Tour, proper? These on the backside of the leaderboard don’t have any likelihood to win. They’re enjoying out the match.
However there are nonetheless world rating and FedEx Cup factors to earn. Plus, there may be prize cash.
And people working the WGC occasion had been good to make distinctions so that there’s some which means within the Friday matches. Going 1-2 is best than Zero-Three, for instance. So that’s maybe the easiest way to have a look at the underside of the matches.
Listed here are just a few essential issues to regulate as we head into the ultimate day of pool play at Austin Nation Membership.
Tiger’s path to the weekend
Tiger Woods’ ball is deep within the bushes, so he crouches down and whacks the ball onto the inexperienced whereas capturing lefty.
It is attainable and never that far-fetched. He wants a victory over Patrick Cantlay and he wants a minimum of a tie from Aaron Clever in opposition to Brandt Snedeker. Something lower than a victory for Woods and he’s eradicated. But when he wins …
A Snedeker tie would end in each gamers having the identical variety of factors after three days. A tie could be settled with a sudden-death playoff beginning on the first gap.
If Snedeker loses, Woods would advance with a victory.
Is it unhealthy for Woods’ Masters prep if he misses the highest 16?
Tiger Woods struggled to hit the ball shut in windy circumstances and had a poor day on the greens, falling to Brandt Snedeker 2 and 1 on the second day of the WGC-Dell Applied sciences Match Play Championship.
Defending Match Play champion Bubba Watson was eradicated from group play Thursday when he misplaced in 17 holes to Billy Horschel.
Not essentially. As Woods mentioned after the Gamers Championship: “It is type of good figuring out that I am going to have the ability to get a minimum of three good rounds in, probably extra if I play properly, and that is principally like a match.”
If something, it could be good for Woods’ Masters prep if he will get a few days at dwelling. Not like a yr in the past, when he was coming off two top-5 finishes and seemingly in good type heading to Augusta, there are some flaws he’ll want to handle. And a visit to Augusta Nationwide this week could be so as both manner.
Talking of the Masters …
Jim Furyk may need already earned his manner into the match after defeating Jason Day and Phil Mickelson on the Match Play. “Would possibly” is the important thing phrase. Furyk mustn’t really feel safe, given the volatility of the world rankings and the varied issues that may occur. However as of now, he’s projected to be 50th on this planet on the conclusion of the match, no matter what occurs Friday. In fact, a victory over Henrik Stenson and advancing to the ultimate 16 would all however guarantee such a end result.
Rory McIlroy, Gary Woodland, Francesco Molinari, Matt Kuchar, Marc Leishman, Haotong Li, Branden Grace and Sergio Garcia are the one gamers of their respective teams who’re 2-Zero, which means they management their destiny to the purpose that even a tie on Friday means they mechanically advance.
Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson are every 2-Zero, however face one another, so the winner there strikes on.
In all, there are 44 gamers with a mathematical change of advancing, together with No. 1-ranked Dustin Johnson, who was defeated by Grace on Thursday and wishes some assist to advance.
Weekend plans in Augusta
If that’s the case inclined, previous main championship winners Bubba Watson, Jason Day, Phil Mickelson, Webb Simpson, Keegan Bradley, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed can head to Augusta Nationwide this weekend, if they’re so inclined, to get in some apply rounds. They’re amongst 20 gamers who’ve been eradicated from rivalry for the weekend.
Age would not matter
Henrik Stenson, 42 years outdated, and Jim Furyk, 48, are the one gamers going face to face who’re 2-Zero.
“Yeah, we’re attempting to maintain up with the older guys,” quipped Stenson. “I am solely 43 subsequent week, so I really feel like a younger pup. We knew it was going to be powerful matches on this group.”