One Aussie is through to the round of 16 at the WGC Match Play, but it may not be who you’d expect.
Australia’s two highest ranked golfers already know they won’t be advancing to the round of 16 at WGC Cadillac Match Play Championship. Jason Day and Adam Scott lost for the second successive day which means that the result of their matches will have no bearing on the hopes of playing over the weekend.
But in good news, three other Australians are still in the hunt for a spot in the knockout stages on the weekend.
Marc Leishman has his destiny in his own hands. A victory against face India’s Anirban Lahiri in tomorrow’s final group match will assure him a spot in Saturday’s round. He won his second match today, beating Ryan Palmer at the 15th hole thanks to a nifty chip shot to make par and win 4&3.
John Senden will be playing either Matt Kuchar or Hunter Mahan on Saturday after successfully beating Bill Haas 4&3. Senden’s round wasn’t exactly flawless with four bogeys and four birdies on his card, but it was enough to beat a very inconsistent Haas and grab himself a spot in the round of 16 on Saturday.
Matt Jones needs to beat the undefeated Charl Schwartzel and rely on Dustin Johnson getting beaten tomorrow to make his way through to the weekend. Jones played great golf despite losing to Dustin Johnson on day one, and carried the confidence over to the second match. Jones birdied the final two holes to win 2up against last year’s runners-up, Victor Dubuisson.
Adam Scott has been battling with the long putter going into the tournament and perhaps it isn’t a surprise to see the former Masters champion bundled out of a format he clearly doesn’t enjoy. But Day’s departure is a shock after the defending champion looked to be in good form ahead of the week.
South African Branden Grace came out of the blocks firing against Day. An eagle at the first hole was followed by birdies at the 2nd and 5th holes to take an early 3up lead. Day did manage to get back to just 1-down at the turn but a couple of back-nine bogeys saw the match finish at the 15th hole, Day losing 4&3.