Sergio Garcia of Spain celebrates alongside with his companion Angela after hitting a hole in one (Portray by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
Sergio Garcia aced the par-3 fourth hole to beat Lee Westwood in a playoff Friday and reach the WGC Match Play Championship knockout rounds whereas high-ranked Dustin Johnson departed.
Garcia hit a 9-iron on the 160-yard fourth and the 39th-seeded Spaniard, who sank a irritable eight-foot par putt on the third to terminate within the playoff, never even saw it roll support into the cup to defeat the English 18th seed at Austin (Texas) Country Club.
“Gap-in-one is improbable. It became a in actual fact perfect shot,” Garcia acknowledged.
“Hit a in actual fact perfect 9-iron. With the glare I could perchance well not seek. I saw it bounced previous the opening. When we heard the folk rush loopy, we knew it became in. That became a nice methodology to assemble it.”
Westwood had overwhelmed English eighth seed Tyrrell Hatton 4&3 to reach the playoff after Garcia lost 3&2 to English 51st seed Matt Wallace.
“Effectively, 28 years on tour and I knowing I would viewed every thing. I hadn’t!” Westwood tweeted after the playoff, knowing to be one of eight tie-breakers wished to resolve groups.
Garcia became among 16 who evolved to Saturday’s first knockout fits, where he will face Canadian 48th seed Mackenzie Hughes, who evolved by halving with US 59th seed Talor Gooch.
Three of the bottom 5 seeds reached the weekend but essentially the most attention-grabbing high-16 participant to advance became Spanish third seed Jon Rahm, who sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to beat US 24th seed Ryan Palmer.
“It became not straightforward. He became the one taking half within the better golf,” acknowledged Rahm. “The total day felt luxuriate in a playoff, but I hit an accurate shot on two and made the putt.”
Top-ranked Masters champion Johnson became eliminated with a 1-up loss to US 28th seed Kevin Na, who won three of the ultimate four holes with birdies.
Na known as Johnson support to the par-3 11th to bitch the No. 1 picked up before Na had conceded a six-proceed putt, increasing tensions. They halved the opening and no penalty became known as but Johnson went into the water at 12 on the methodology to defeat.
“I contemplate it is far the factual ingredient to support out,” Na acknowledged. “All of us know he can plan a six proceed putt.”
Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre drove the 18th green from 371 yards to within three toes of the cup and the 41st seed rolled in a birdie putt to halve with US 61st seed Adam Lengthy and advance to the knockout stage.
“I had potentially knowing to be one of essentially the most attention-grabbing and knowing to be one of many luckiest golf shots I’ve hit in my lifestyles,” MacIntyre acknowledged. “It upright reveals the relaxation can happen in this recreation.”
Next for MacIntyre is French 31st seed Victor Perez, who beat South Korean 16th seed Im Sung-jae 2&1 and evolved when Australia’s Marc Leishman and American Russell Henley halved.
Unbeaten English 60th seed Ian Poulter, a European Ryder Cup tale and WGC and World Match Play winner, beat US 46th seed Lanto Griffin 2&1
“My recreation feels in actual fact staunch on the minute,” Poulter acknowledged. “I in actual fact feel very contented. I wouldn’t tell it is far really the most attention-grabbing I’ve felt but I in actual fact feel gleaming staunch.”
He booked a knockout match with US 30th seed Scottie Scheffler, whose 13-foot birdie on the second playoff hole ousted US sixth seed Xander Schauffele.
English 21st seed Tommy Fleetwood, 4-up after seven holes, sank a 14-foot birdie putt to halve the par-5 16th and held on to edge US fifth seed Bryson DeChambeau 1 up, advancing with two wins and a plot.
“It became scrappy for plenty of the support 9,” Fleetwood acknowledged. “Match play is that funny frail week. Guys who are taking half in better than me are going home.”
He’ll face South African Dylan Frittelli, who lives nearby and own turn out to be the principle 64th seed to advance regardless of losing 2 up to US 40th seed Will Zalatoris.
“Correct a form of self belief,” Frittelli acknowledged. “I knew I wasn’t a correct 64th seed. Dwelling route data methodology loads here.”
US 52nd seed Matt Kuchar beat 2019 winner Kevin Kisner, the US 34th seed, 2&1 to book a knockout match in opposition to US 49th seed Jordan Spieth.
Also assembly Saturday will most possible be US 55th seed Bubba Watson, a two-time Masters winner, and US 54th seed Brian Harman.